On European Epistemological and Ethical Tropes
The present article offers an attempt at indicating transformations of the axiological dimension of European culture. The Author addresses the problem of the evolution of relations obtaining between identity mechanisms and moral stances. In order to demonstrate these relations, the Author applies the concepts of honor, shame and dignity for the purposes of respective descriptions of the modern and postmodern identity. The ultimate goal of Aleksandra Kunce's article is to disclose the character of basic European mental tropes: elementary chains of continuity and instances of dislocation, systemic character of thinking and contingency of thought, apotheosis of the whole and of disjointed fragment, with emphasis on essence or on the surface tissue of events.
Keywords: Identity, Modernism and postmodernism, European culture, Ethics, Knowledge
Dr. Aleksandra Kunce
anthropologist, lecturer, Institute of Cultural Studies University of Silesia Plac Sejmu Slaskiego 1 Katowice 40-032 Poland, University fo Silesia