On the Fourfold Root of Social Dynamics. Leon Chwistek’s Social Philosophy

Karol Chrobak

The aim of the essay is to reconstruct Leon Chwistek’s views in social philosophy. The key point of reference for the proposed interpretation are Chwistek’s methodological assumptions, which found their manifestation primarily in his logical, mathematical and philosophical works. On the basis of nominalistic and rationalistic assumptions, Chwistek formulates the conception of pluralistic epistemology, followed by the ideal of ethical relati vism and worldview pluralism. They form the framework of social philosophy and philosophy of culture later formulated by Chwistek. The key categories which define his vision of society are “middle culture” and “high culture.” Chwistek was convinced that the cultural development of society is dependent on the relations between two social groups representing both forms of culture. His view on this matter seemed to evolve from the elitist one – developed in the 1920s – to the egalitarian one, which is to be found in his texts from the mid-1930s.

DOI: 10.37240/AHFiMS.2019.64.11


Keywords: nominalism · sound reason · theory of plurality of realities · worldview pluralism · avantgarde art

Karol Chrobak – Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Institute of Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW). Th e interests of the author focus on philosophical anthropology, philosophy of culture and social philosophy. The habilitation that is being prepared concerns the anthropological foundation of philosophy of culture. Besides he works on polish philosophy of the interwar period. He is the author of the monograph dedicated to the philosophy of Leon Chwistek (Niejedna rzeczywistość, Kraków 2004).   »  

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