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Barbara Skarga in Memoriam


Magdalena Sroda and Jacek Migasinski

This volume is dedicated to Barbara Skarga – her works, profile and biography. It is a unique character in the Polish intellectual life, but also virtually unknown abroad, except a meager milieu of her readership in France. Dubbed «the first Lady of Polish Philosophy» for a good reason, she contributed not only to shape of Polish Philosophy but to the style of public debate, too. The problem areas initiating her philosophy stemmed from the group of scholars called «the Warsaw school of history of Ideas» with its flagship names such as Leszek Kołakowski, Brinisław Baczko or Andrzej Walicki. On the other hand, her output originates from the extraordinary and dramatic events of her life. The philosophical output of Barbara Skarga is thus a proof of continuity and longevity of an important tradition of the 20 th century Polish Philosophy.


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Bibliography for the texts by Barbara Skarga


I. Positivism and its problems 1. “Warsaw Positivism” (“Polska myl filozoficzna w epoce pozytywizmu” [Polish Philosophical Thought in the Positivist Period], in Filozofia i myl spoeczna w latach 1865–1895 [Philosophy and Social Thought in 1865–1895], part I, edited and notes by Anna Hochfeldowa and Barbara Skarga, PWN, War- szawa 1980, pp. 9–15). 2. “Is Positivism an Anti-National Orientation?” (“Czy pozytywizm jest kierun- kiem antynarodowym”, of 1971, in O filozofi si ba nie musimy. Szkice z rónych lat [We Need Not Worry about Philosophy. A Collection of Short Writings], PWN, Warszawa 1999, pp. 251–272). 3. “Comte’s World Outlook: The French Positivism of the First Half of the 19th Century” (introduction, in A. Comte, Rozprawa o duchu filozofii pozytywnej. Rozprawa o caoksztacie pozytywizmu [A. Comte, A Discourse on the Positive Spirit. A General View of Positivism], edited, preface and notes by Barbara Skarga, PWN, Warszawa 1973, pp. XVIII–XXIX, XXXII–XXXIII). II. From positivism to Bergson 1. “The 19th-Century French Thought” (introduction, in Filozofia francuska XIX wieku [French Philosophy of the 19th Century], edited, introduction, notes and asides by Barbara Skarga, PWN, Warszawa 1978, pp. 5–22). 2. “Between Eclecticism and Positivism” (afterword, in: Kopoty intelektu. Midzy Comte’em a Bergsonem [Troubled Intellect. Between Comte and Bergson], PWN, Warszawa 1975, pp. 461–472). 3. “Nothingness and Fullness” (“Nico i penia,” in Czas i trwanie. Studia o Bergsonie [Time and Duration. Studies on Bergson], PWN, Warszawa 1982, pp. 180–205). III. Towards Metaphilosophy 1. “The History of Science and...

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