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On Cyprian Norwid. Studies and Essays

Vol. 1: Syntheses

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Edited By Agata Brajerska-Mazur and Edyta Chlebowska

The book is the first volume of an extensive four-volume monograph devoted to the work of Cyprian Norwid (1821–1883), one of the most outstanding Polish authors. The impact of Norwid’s oeuvre does not fade, as he addresses fundamental and timeless issues, such as the moral and spiritual condition of man or his place in the world and history and seeks to answer universal questions. The book contains an extensive selection of contributions which represent different approaches to the poet’s work. They cover various areas of research, including interpretation, thematology, genology, and editing.

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The World of Norwid’s Thought

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Abstract: The task of this chapter is to outline the main directions of Norwid’s philosophical reflection, that is, his historiosophical, aesthetic, anthropological, metaphysical, and epistemological views. Norwid’s reflection on the nature of truth and the paths that lead to its learning seem particularly significant for his view of reality: the world, people, history, and artistic practice. The chapter foregrounds that Norwid’s philosophical views always follow his poetry: art and philosophy permeate each other in his work to create an organic whole. Hence, the text follows Norwid’s philosophical views both on the basis of his discursive statements and strictly literary works – even though they often verge on both fields – which are analytically equal but undoubtedly different in methods. The extraction of worldview from Norwid’s literary works means their comprehensive comparative analysis. Let us add that Norwid’s worldview that appears from his poetic works – especially the most mature ones – is more important here than his “discursive” statements, because it was in poetry that Norwid aspired to the fullest expression of the truths he acquired (sought).

Keywords: Cyprian Norwid, philosophy, aesthetics, anthropology, metaphysics

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