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




Hryhorii Skovoroda’s symphonism, manifestations of symphonism, dialogism, symphonic structure of thinking, Hryhorii Skovoroda’s correspondence


The article explores the phenomenon of symphonism in the written and other intellectual heritage of Hryhorii Skovoroda. The study reveals that the conclusion about systemic symphonismbeing a property of the thinker’s reflections can only be hypothetical at this stage. This is due tothe fact that the source base of the present study includes a significant number of diverse works by the philosopher that have not yet received a proper archaeographic description. The matter of archaeographic description of sources in the history of philosophy research in Ukraine has not yet been positively resolved and is still in its formation. This article briefly presents the problematic range of source studies of Hryhorii Skovoroda’s works. It is, however, not limited to the suggested list and tends to expand. With this circumstance in mind, the boundaries of the research were limited to a selection of Hryhorii Skovoroda’s letters to various persons, which is contained in the most representative academic printed edition of his writings available today. The distinctive features of understanding the source heritage of the philosopher include its genre character and the way it was disseminated. All the major philosopher’s works were personally handwritten or replicated by other copyists in lists. This circumstance causes considerable difficulties in verifying the accuracy of the content of the original manuscript source in print. The presentation of the material is intentionally not systematic, but illustrative. The selection of extractsfrom the philosopher’s works contains the most distinctive examples of symphonicity, which illustrate the panorama of the growth of symphonic complexes from simpler to quantitatively more complex. The inherent polemical core of the study is to establish the correspondence between systemic symphonicity and dialogicity of the philosopher’s style of thinking. The conclusions about this could be drawn on the basis of historical and philosophical explication from certain sources. The author suggests that the development of dialogicity is preceded by a thorough justification of the principle of proper thinking by Hryhorii Skovoroda, which has a complex symphonic structure. From this perspective, dialogism does not contradict the fundamental symphonicity, but is rather one of its manifestations.

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Doctor of Sciences in Philosophy, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of History of Philosophy,Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv,60, Volodymyrska St., Kyiv, 01601


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KONONENKO, T. (2023). SYMPHONIC COMPOSITIONS IN THE LITERARY AND EPISTOLARY HERITAGE OF HRYHORII SKOVORODA: CONTINUATION OF THE TOPIC: The philosophy of Hryhorii Skovoroda: History and modernity. Filosofska Dumka, (3), 69–92.






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