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Vosyliaus Sezemano filosofija ir platonizmo tradicija
Vasily Sezemann’s Philosophy and Tradition Concerning Platonism

Author(s): Dalius Jonkus
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas Švietimo akademija
Keywords: Platonism; theoretical Idealism; selfawareness; conversion; phenomenological reduction

Summary/Abstract: This article analyses Vasily Sezemann’s concept of Platonism, showing the aspects particular to Sezemann’s understanding of Platonism and how it differs from the Marburg neo-Kantians. The neo-Kantians conceived the philosophy of Plato as an introduction to theoretical Idealism. Sezemann focused on the explication of Plato’s philosophy as practical selfawareness. The intention of Platonism is to reform, not inform. Philosophy changes our way of life, and changes the way of how we see the world. We can compare this interpretation with Pierre Hadot’s concept of philosophy as a spiritual exercise. Both authors say that philosophy is taking care of the soul and the conversion of natural attitude into a phenomenological attitude.This article shows that this kind of philosophical conversion stressed by Sezemann’s interpretation is similar to phenomenological reduction. The foundation of philosophical knowledge is the immediate intuition that grasps and reveals the essence of being..

  • Issue Year: 14/2012
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 64-70
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Lithuanian