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„Archiwum” i archiwum
The “Archive” and the Archive

Author(s): Danuta Ulicka
Subject(s): Cultural history, Epistemology, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Dawid Hopensztand; archive; biography; memory; intellectual formation;

Summary/Abstract: This article announces the discovery of Dawid Hopensztand’s archive – a discovery that is immensely important for the humanities in Poland. It allows Ulicka to reconstruct, correct and complete his intellectual and personal biography, tackling such problems as, first, the intellectual status and value of archival research in the context of the epistemological transformations of the humanities in the second half of the twentieth century, and second, the controversies around the intellectual formation associated with the left movement, esp. Communism. Ulicka argues for the value of documentary research even while remaining conscious of its shortcomings. Although the information it provides is fragmentary, such research can significantly alter the intellectual landscape. It is also necessary, Ulicka argues, to revisit ideologically predetermined opinions about the relationship of these intellectual formations with Marxism and Communism – revisions that are already well advanced in the European humanities with their focus on Formalism, Bakhtin, structuralism and semiotics.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 273-302
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: Polish