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За романтичното в науката и романтичната наука
On the Romantic in Science and Romantic Science

Author(s): Ivan Popov
Subject(s): Anthropology, Structuralism and Post-Structuralism, Philosophy of Science
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: theory; aestheticization of life; Romanticism; cultural anthropology; sociology of knowledge

Summary/Abstract: The text reconstructs the emergence and development of so-called “theory” in the humanities, which, since the 1970s, has aimed at redefining their scope and social role. This phenomenon first took root in France but reached other territories, including Bulgaria, for reasons that are explored in the article. The author analyzes the rhetoric of “classical” theoretic approaches, and asserts that in this particular case, method is of greater significance than the object of reflection. The overall effect of theory is identified as a particular kind of legitimization of academic discourse through practices and techniques stemming from modern art. The text deals with the history of modern views on art and analyzes the rhetorical mechanisms of secondary construction of the object of scientific research – a procedure that imparts aesthetic features to the practice of theory and enables a comparison to cultural anthropology. At the end, the author discusses the reasons for the impossibility of achieving a synthesis between science, art and life, this unity being the actual goal of “romantic” science.

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 46-56
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English, Bulgarian