A FEW NOT-ONLY-ETHICAL THOUGHTS ABOUT TRADITION, RECEPTION AND RENAISSANCE AS ATTRIBUTES OF A HUMAN CONDITION
Taking as a background the Plato’s model of two worlds (the “ontic” and the “gignetic” one) and some categories closely associated with it (contingency, variability and freedom), the author describes three paradigms: Tradition, Reception and Renaissance. They are linked with the human condition as means by which humans, or rather: human communities try to overcome their changeable and temporal existence.
According to the author, these paradigms constitute the way of thinking and valuating which is characteristic especially for our European culture.
While the ancient Greek culture deeply rooted in Homeric tradition, the latin culture was mostly founded on reception. Thus the paradigm of reception arose in Rome.
In the article, the notion of Renaissance (revival) becomes the subject of special interest, because of its intricate implications. It involves two different ideas of time: a linear one and a periodical one. Hence, it implies human freedom and a natural determination simultaneously. The author puts into analysis Horace’s Ode III.6 as an example providing us and insight into a complex content of “Renaissance” notion.