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HUMANISM: HUMANISTIC IDEAS, CURRENTS, AND PARADIGMS IN POLISH CULTURE is a research project that will be carried out over the years 2008-2010 by a team of researchers from Polish and foreign universities. The main executor of the project is the University of Warsaw (The Institute of Interdisciplinary Research "Artes Liberales"), and the responsibility for carrying out individual research tasks lies with the directors - the members of the Scholarly Committee working under the direction of Professor Alina Nowicka-Jeżowa.


The primary goal of the project is the composite presentation of the tradition of Polish Humanism, and thus of that portion of the Polish cultural patrimony that, arising and developing in intellectual dialogue with the centers of European humanistic thought, took on its own separate form and became not only one of the most valuable achievements of older Polish culture, but also an important source of inspiration for the present day.


This is the official internet server for the project HUMANISM: HUMANISTIC IDEAS, CURRENTS, AND PARADIGMAS IN POLISH CULTURE. Its purpose is to present the assumptions and goals of the project, to report on current research and organizational work, to facilitate the exchange of opinions and discussion, and to disseminate the results of the research. A portion of the materials placed on the server is accessible only for direct participants in the project (after log-in). All comments and questions concerning the website should be directed to its editor.





First Section:
Historical-Cultural and Historical-Literary Problems


I. Humanism – the concept, its historical transformations and variations.

II. Humanitaspaideia. Humanistic anthropology in intellectual and philosophical contexts.

III. The humanistic ethos.

IV. Humanitas and christianitas in Polish culture.

V. Humanistic models of modern culture in comparison with the ancient patrimony. Athens and Rome in the perspectives of imitation and emulation.

VI. Classicism as an aesthetic ideal and the rhetorical-literary doctrine. Imitation and emulation, rhetoric and poetics, humanae litterae.

VII. Author – work – text as a philological subject.

VIII. Communities: language – nation – society – state – Europe.

IX. Man and nature – Humanism and the natural sciences



Second Section:
Linguistic Research:
Humanism in the Polish Language. Theories-words-concepts.


X1. Theories of language and concepts of language inspired by Humanism.

X2. Concepts connoting Humanism – semantic studies.



Third Section:
Editions of Primary Sources


XI. Unedited humanistica.

XII. Polonica.

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