Creator of the imagined state


  • Oleh Bily Інститут філософії ім. Г.С. Сковороди НАН України


fancied state, symbol creation, national identity, prophetic proposition


The state fancied by Taras Shevchenko is the product of individual fate and romantic frame of mind which reigned on European grounds in the transition period of the 18 –19th centuries. Shevchenko’s poetic reconstructions of the national ideal are the bright synthesis of a historical case and prophetic proposition. His own image is an important state-making dimension. It is the subject of creative ability of the individual to symbolic self-creation and self-reproduction. The fight for history, control of history is a part of the fight for the national identity as historical collectiveness. That is the way of transformation of the pragmatic will to faith to the will to identity. The historical intellect turns into political intellect, the fancied state being its most efficient form

Author Biography

Oleh Bily, Інститут філософії ім. Г.С. Сковороди НАН України

доктор філологічних наук, професор, провідний науковий співробітник відділу філософії культури, етики та естетики


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How to Cite

Bily, O. (2017). Creator of the imagined state. Filosofska Dumka, (1), 5–7. Retrieved from



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