J. M. Bocheński’s Definition of the Concept of Nation. A Critique and Analysis from the Pragmatic-Logical Point of View (in Polish)

Piotr Michał Sękowski

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Piotr Michał Sękowski, MA, PhD student (supervisor dr hab. prof. UŁ Andrzej Indrzejaczak)
Departament of Logic and Mehodology
Institute of Philosophy UŁ
ul. Kopcińskiego 16/18
90-232 Łódź
E-mail: sekowski120@wp.pl

Abstract


The article offers an analysis of Józef Bocheński's studies of the concept of nation. Bocheński acknowledges that there are difficulties in defining a nation. After that he claims that he will attempt to propose a definition of the Polish nation. Nation (in particular, the Polish nation) is a social group centered around some cultural ideal. The analysis shows that Bocheński did not avoid serious logical problems. First of all, he constantly falls into a circular reasoning. Furthermore, it is called into question if it makes sense to refer to a cultural ideal or ideology while defining a nation. Is not such an attempt essentially bound to become circular? A doubt is also raised whether nowadays, in the face of constant migration of people and cultural ideals, one can continue to reasonably talk about nations.

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References


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DOI:

http://dx.doi.org/10.13153/diam.48.2016.893

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Default URL: http://www.diametros.iphils.uj.edu.pl/index.php/diametros/article/view/893
Polish abstract URL: http://www.diametros.iphils.uj.edu.pl/index.php/diametros/article/view/893/pl
English abstract URL: http://www.diametros.iphils.uj.edu.pl/index.php/diametros/article/view/893/en

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