SVIBOR - Project code: 6-01-191


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Project code: 6-01-191


Main researcher: POSAVAC, ZLATKO (38322)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 04/30/91. to 04/30/94.

Papers on project (total): 10
Institution name: Institut za filozofiju, Zagreb (191)
Phone: 385 (0)1 61 119 84
Fax: 385 (0)1 51 18 41
Phone: 385 (0)41 53 07 54

Summary: The research program entitled "Gjuro Arnold as an Aesthetician in the Context of the Controversies of the Croatian 'Die Moderne'" is conceived as an extensive and complete monograph on the aesthetics of Arnold, connecting and juxtaposing analogous problems in world 'respective' European and Central European aesthetics. The project rejects up to now one-sided and fragmentary approaches, and offers a wideranged overview of the sahping of Arnold's aesthetic views; insisting on essential, mature theses and the introduction of many new details, the project necessarily becomes an important re-interpretation of still current "common", and precisely conserved, petrified wrong views on 'Die Moderne' as an epoch and on Arnold as "its companion". Research aims at eliminating present fallacies, prejudices and one-sided ideologization. The monograph organizes chronologically the problematic complex, examining the epochal, essential problems with a view to focusing on them in the following chapters: 1. Introduction: "fin de sicle" and "la bella epoque"; 2. Aesthetic Premises in the Treatise "Ethics and History"; 3. Psychology and Aesthetics 4. Art and Nation; 5. Art and Science; 6. Faith and Art; 7. Concluding Chapter. - The comprehensive and extensive study of the aforemetioned themes includes, with its results, certain interpretive and fact-oriented corrections of present historiography, which, apart from pure aesthetic and philosophical frameworks, must also necessarily reflect on other areas outside of aesthetics (the history of the Croatian culture in general, the history of all the branches of art etc., and even on some aspects of political history). This also applies to the opposite. Relevant additions (1995) are supplemented to the second chapter with respect to the contextualization of the problem of the relation of the understanding of art to nineteenth century Croatian philosophy of history.

Keywords: Aesthetics, art, controversy, 'die Moderne', psychology, psychologism, emotion (feeling), beauty, form, people (nation), nation, science, positivism, ethics, history, culture, Croatian culture, ideology, philosophy of history.

Research goals: The direct and immediate goal of research was an inivative, complete and extensive survey of the aesthetic views of Arnold, the critical judgement of his aesthetic thoughts - without prejudices and with complexity. The conclusion was achieved with an extensive monograph, comprehensive and relatively detailed. In any case, this does not deal merely with Arnold in isolation, but it was also necessary to perform a 'fitting into' of Arnold's views (which no one has done thus far) in an historical, temporal and European context, with references to Arnold's contemporaries and their relations,namely, his role and position in Croatian culturalhistory, and especially in aesthetic history in general.Given that Arnold was a univeristy professor, rector of the University of Zagreb and later the president of "Matica Hrvatska", this reliable and impartial explication, including acritical judgement of his work, has direct repercussions on thenecessary re-interpretation of not only his own views, but alsoof the survey of the epoch of Croatian 'Die Moderne', so farrendered. In its historical context, it also has repercussions onthe change of insight into the genesis and structure ofphilosophical, aesthetic, cultural and artistic life in Croatiaduring the first half of the 20th century, as well as on there-structuring of thus far held views on the theoretical andaesthetic predecessor of the 19th century. Given that some textsare not so easily available, or it is not known where they werepublished, they should be documentarily gathered. Besides,the re-publishing of these text, collected in a book, should beplanned as well. Arnold has been too often negatively evaluatedonly through the dichotomy of "old" and "new", without othercomponents and dimensions, mostly as being conservative.Therefore, the critical and complete comprehension of theaesthetics of Arnold will create an entirely new image about him,as well as Croatian philosophy, Croatian culture of histimes and after him. The project is completed successfully, and its results and range exceeded all expectations. Everything is puiblished in periodicals (apart from the supplementary chapter). A total of 249 pages (and cca 30 unpublished pages).


  1. Name: Bitno proširenje estetičke bibliografije (dosad nepoznate) za razdoblje Arnoldova rada navlastito u doba Moderne (1890-1910) i posebice početkom dvadesetog stoljeća kad je Arnold bio rektor Sveučilišta i predsjednik Matice Hrvatske.
    Type of achievement: Other
    Authors: Posavac Zlatko

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