Journal of Eurasian Studies - EPA

Journal of Eurasian Studies - EPA

April‐June 2010 JOURNAL OF EURASIAN STUDIES Volume II., Issue 2.


from the author’s or the receptor’s side, is the element that keeps a work of art alive. Thus Sík asserts the

vital integrativity of art. This holistic attitude, this thinking in unity also connects this theory to the

attitude of our days.

Describing these characteristics I have already moved partially into another, also tripartite system of

comparative standpoints. The theories I have been considering are either the (1) theories of the refusal of

secularization, such as the easthetics of Sík outlined above, or (2) based on the acceptance of

secularization, such as those of the Neo‐Thomist, who perforce think in two‐worlds, and thus the function

of art with them is limited to connecting these split two‐worlds (worthless real existence and authentic

essential existence). Finally, the third type with respect to secularization is (3) the borderline between

these two (refusal and acceptance). The characteristics of this model are displayed by the art‐philosophy

of the young Lukács and Lajos Fülep, his contemporary. The works young Lukács and Lajos Fülep wrote

in the 1910s show that, a product of his age, he was building up an aesthetics of the acceptance of

secularization: thinking in terms of the separation of life, science, art, philosophy, religion and praxis. Yet,

in Lukács and Fülep, the young essayists, there is a desire to refuse secularization, an attraction towards

spontaneous immanence, homogenity, order, former unity, the world of the life‐integration of art and

philosophy 5

5 Zsuzsanna Máté: A fiatal Fülep Lajos metafizikus művészetfilozófiájáról ‐ különös tekintettel a Fülep‐Lukács párhuzamokra. ‐In:

Alternatív tradíciók a magyar filozófia történetében. Szerk.: Fehér M. István és Veres Ildikó. Felsőmagyarország Kiadó, Miskolc,

1999. 273‐299.


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