Hryhorii Skovoroda’s Socratic Dialogue in the Context of Modern Philosophy

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Yermolenko, Anatoliy
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This article explores the creative work of Hryhorii Savych Skovoroda from the standpoint of the leading trends in contemporary philosophic thought: a communicative turn in philosophy, neo-Socratic dialogue, and ethics of discourse. Skovoroda’s philosophy is interpreted not only in line with the ‘know yourself’ principle as a method of cognition, but, fi rst of all, within the Socratic dialogue dimension when the methods of maieutics and elentics are used for joint searching for truth and solving moral problems. Skovoroda did not reduce philosophy to life, but he raised life to philosophy; philosophy itself was his life and in the fi rst place, it was the practical philosophy of dialogue. Socratic dialogue appears in the practices of communication with people, in particular in the wandering habitus of the thinker. Wandering is an important element of his philosophy, his life, and his habitus. The wandering nature of Skovoroda’s habitus takes his dialogues beyond epistemology bringing the dialogue into a practical, or rather moral and practical plane. As an educator, Skovoroda draws on the Ukrainian culture habitus and practices and transcends this habitus and thus elevating it to the habitus of reason. This paper asserts the idea of the need and necessity to develop and to practice the neo- Skovoroda’s dialogue as a component of the global trend of dialogic civilization development.
mind habitus, Socratic dialogue, elentics, maieutics of wandering, practical philosophy, communication, article
Yermolenko A. M. Hryhorii Skovoroda’s Socratic Dialogue in the Context of Modern Philosophy / Anatolii Yermolenko // Kyiv-Mohyla Humanities Journal. - 2022. - № 9. - P. 2-18. -–18