PLURALITY OF HRYHORII SKOVORODA`S PHILOSOPHICAL PRACTICES IN THE MODERN READING

CONTINUATION OF THE TOPIC The philosophy of Hryhorii Skovoroda: History and modernit

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https://doi.org/10.15407/fd2023.02.117

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philosophical practices, Hryhorii Skovoroda, practical philosophy, reverse theoretical reconstruction, spiritual self-reference

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Hryhorii Skovoroda's philosophy is distinguished by a variety of interests and a combination of different genres of the embodiment of philosophical ideas. Skovoroda's philosophical views were reflected in his various life practices in different ways. And yet these different practices harmoniously support each other, ensuring the successful integral self-support of Hryhorii Skovoroda both as a philosopher and as a person. He highly valued the importance of practice for human improvement, but did not develop a special concept of practice of his own. Since Skovoroda himself did not clearly distinguish different types of practices, it is necessary to reconstruct them based on modern ideas about possible philosophical practices. Among the various types of philosophical practices, which are distinguished by modern philosophy and some signs of which can be found in the life and work of Hryhorii Skovoroda, the following were found: practices similar to avoiding metanarratives; practices similar to deconstruction; practices of metaphorization; informational diet practices; improvisation practices; practices of avoiding the effects of the society of the spectacle; spiritual self-reference practices; critical thinking practices; social networking practices. The article attempts a reverse theoretical reconstruction of Hryhorii Skovoroda's philosophical practices. That is, from the standpoint of modern philosophical concepts, the meaning of those life practices that Hryhorii Skovoroda adhered to when he embodied his philosophical views in his actions, mostly without unnecessary declarations, has been partially reconstructed. Skovoroda's practical philosophy was not built by him as a theoretical system, although his life clearly shows the coherence of various life practices. All the practices followed by Hryhorii Skovoroda were fundamentally philosophical – he lived like a philosopher and approached everything like a philosopher, with a philosophical heart and a philosophical head. There were many of these practices, and this article mentions only some of them, namely those that seem significant to us today in the light of the later development of European philosophy – as we know it to this day. It is quite likely that other philosophers of our time, and even more so philosophers of the future, will see in Skovoroda's philosophical life also other various practices.

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Mykhailo BOICHENKO

Doctor of Sciences in Philosophy, Professor at the Department of Theoretic and Practical Philosophy, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 64/13, Volodymyrska St., Kyiv, Ukraine, 01601.

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BOICHENKO, M. (2023). PLURALITY OF HRYHORII SKOVORODA`S PHILOSOPHICAL PRACTICES IN THE MODERN READING: CONTINUATION OF THE TOPIC The philosophy of Hryhorii Skovoroda: History and modernit. Filosofska Dumka, (2), 117–131. https://doi.org/10.15407/fd2023.02.117

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