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DOI 10.12887/28-2015-1-109-04



Rémi BRAGUE – Imparting the Heritage of the Antiquity (trans. P. Mikulska)


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In the context of the contemporary crisis of culture, the author reflects on the concept of tradition understood as imparting the cultural heritage of the past. He refers to the examples of ancient Greek and Latin cultures which have undergone several renaissances in history. He also points to the fact that such renaissances have been always motivated by the awareness that the Western culture is veering away from the heritage of the antiquity. The actual danger of the humanity losing the Greek and Roman inheritance lies, in his view, in the fact that there are no mechanisms that safeguard a spontaneous transmission of culture. Drawing on the historical cases of, among others, Boethius’s unfinished project of translating Greek works into Latin or the preparation of the catechism in the countries of Latin-Christian tradition, the author also emphasizes that the survival of a civilization depends on the conscious decisions and actions of particular individuals.

Summarized by Patrycja Mikulska

Keywords: ancient culture, tradition, renaissance, civilization, Christianity, the crisis of culture

Contact: John Paul II Institute, Faculty of Philosophy, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin,
Al. Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland

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The present article is a Polish translation of an essay by Rémi Brague, “La transmission de l’héritage antique” included in Rémi Brague, Modérément moderne (Paris: Flammarion, 2014), 317–330. © Copyright Éditions Flammarion, Paris, 2014.



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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887