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History in the Works of Pavao Vuk-Pavlović

Ivan Peklić ; Zavod za znanstvenoistraživački i umjetnički rad Hrvatske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti u Koprivničko-križevačkoj županiji, Križevci, Hrvatska

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str. 43-53

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Contemplations about history are present in several texts written by Vuk-Pavlović. On this occasion I will analyse the following texts: “Aristofan i rat” (“Aristophanes and the War”), “Pogled na kulturnopovijesna smjeranja” (“Overview of cultural and historical directions”), and “Značenje povijesne predaje” (“Importance of Historical Tradition”).
In his article “Aristophanes and the War” Vuk-Pavlović conducted analysis of Aristophanes comedies, with special emphasis on conclusion elaborated in the analysis of Lysistrata. Vuk-Pavlović claims that unlike in the other comedies, in this comedy the cause of war is not defined as aspiration of a single individual, but of the entire society. For that reason the war in Lysistrata is depicted as a social problem. In the above mentioned article, Vuk-Pavlović frequently provides examples from the Greek history in order to substantiate his opinion.
In the article “Overview of Cultural and Historical Directions” Vuk-Pavlović intends to provide answers to several questions. Is revolution indispensable to achieve cultural progress, or can it be achieved in a peaceful way? He also debates what is more relevant for development of cultural and historical progress, just reason or spirituality as well? In my paper I will also point out the relationship of equality and freedom in history, as seen by Vuk-Pavlović and other philosophers throughout history. Vuk-Pavlović is also of the opinion that inner tensions are essential for development of culture and he substantiates it by mentioning the law against atheism passed in Athens in 432 BC. The respective law signalized intentions and tendencies of changing the direction of cultural development.
In the article “Importance of Historical Tradition” he states that the man first looks at what was left to him by his ancestors and afterwards he aspires to make the world adequate place of habitation by building on it, rebuilding it, refurbishing and making it more beautiful in order to leave his special mark, just as his ancestors had done before him. Vuk-Pavlović claims that historical tradition reveals one of the basic directions for the construction of the man’s world, since it is true historical memory and therefore also the source of historicity.
I believe that the conducted analysis will indicate that in his philosophical texts Vuk-Pavlović used historical texts in order to substantiate his views. I would also like to point out and support the thesis that historical memory is essential for triggering progress. At the end of my text, I will analyse the presence of the topic of history in the poetry of Pavao Vuk-Pavlović.

Ključne riječi

history, war, peace, culture

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