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Асен Игнатов: интелектуалецът и религията
The intellectiual and religion: Assen Ignatov

Author(s): Nina Dimitrova
Subject(s): Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion
Published by: Axia Academic Publishers
Keywords: Assen Ignatov; marxism; religion; personalism; existentialism
Summary/Abstract: The present text aims to trace the evolution of Assen Ignatov’s attitude towards religion, to outline the main features of this change – from being an intellectual whose worldview was initially Marxist, to being a dissident philosopher known also for his respect to Christianity.The first part of the article is devoted to the early professional steps of Assen Ignatov’s life (as a lecturer at Sofia University) when he attacked the 'Bourgeous' philosophy for its affinity to religion. Gradually these initially attitudes have been seriously shaken (also because he was one of the very few erudite thinkers in Bulgaria during the 'socialist' period, witnessing the dogmatism and the narrow interests of the Party philosophers) and his escape to West Europe was also a radical break with the past specifically with regard to religion. Assen Ignatov interpreted communism as a pseudo-religion from the viewpoint of Christian personalism and existentialism. The author concludes that the radical change of Ignatov’s attitude towards religion shows the measure of his general change of worldview.

  • Page Range: 169-184
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: Bulgarian