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Abdulah Šarčević

Abdulah Šarčević
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izabran za dopisnog člana 1981. godine i za redovnog 1990. godine.

 

Philosopher and sociologist, essayist, Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of the Humanities in Sarajevo, professor at Pima Community College in Tucson (Arizona, USA), full member of the Academy of Science and the Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina (since 1981), member of the International Parliament of Writers (1992), member of the Writers’ Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1971), (to 1992), member of the editorial board, chief editor of the „Logos” Series (1984-1992), founder and director of the Centre for Philosophical Studies (1990-1992.)  Born 27 May 1929 in Stari Majdan (Bosnia and Herzegovina).  From late 1952 to late 1954, taught philosophy at the gymnasium (grammar school/high school) in Banja Luka.

From 1948-1952, studied philosophy at the Faculty of the Humanities in Zagreb, graduating in 1952.  Taught philosophy at the grammar school in Banja Luka (1952-1954).  In late 1954, appointed as assistant lecturer for the subject of the history of philosophy at the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of the Humanities in Skoplje.  Contributed to the periodicals ”Sovremenost”,”Razgledi”, Annual of the Faculty of the Humanities in Skoplje.
In late 1959, began working at the Faculty of the Humanities in Sarajevo (ontology, theory of cognition).  Gained his doctorate with the thesis Crisis of History and Modernity. The Philosophy of Existence of Karl Jaspers (1967), and was then appointed as associate professor (ontology).  Was a contributor to and the chief executive editor of the Proceedings of the Faculty of the Humanities in Sarajevo.  Introduced ontology, the sociology of culture, eastern philosophies and introduction to philosophy to the full-time study of philosopohy in the Department of Philosophy and Sociology.  Was for many years chair of the Board for Postgraduate Studies at the Faculty of the Humanities in Sarajevo and chair of the Board for Postgraduate Studies of Philosophy.  Was mentor for masters’ and doctoral theses in Sarajevo and Zagreb.

Taught philosophy (history of philosophy, 1954-1960) at the Faculty of the Humanities in Skoplje, and then at the Faculty of the Humanities in Sarajevo: ontology, epistemology, philosophy of science, aesthetics, history of philosophy, introduction to philosophy, sociology of culture.  In the USA, taught the fundamental ideas of European modernism and postmodernism, of the philosophies of the Far East and the West.  Dealt with a range of phenomena of the culture and philosophy of East and West, and theoretical problems of contemporary philosophical trends, particularly in Europe and the United States.  Most of his research work is associated with his work in the „Logos” philosophy series (end 1959-1992).  Member of the Editorial Boards of the periodicals „Filozofija” (Belgrade), „Praxis” (Zagreb), Encyclopedia of Modernism” (Zagreb),”Odjek” (Sarajevo).  Took part in numerous philosophical symposia at home and abroad (in Vienna: „Fundamental Philosophy”, 1963).  Was chair of the Society of Philosophy of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1966), on the Board of „Yugoslav Society of Philosophy.”

Awarded a Charter for outstanding contribution to the advancement of the Faculty of the Humanities in Skoplje, 1963 (on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Faculty), and also an award for his work at the University and Faculty of the Humanities in Sarajevo, and Charters of the publishing houses "Svjetlost" and "Veselin Masleša".
Was granted the Sixth of April Award of the City of Sarajevo in 1971.  Winner of the Twentyseventh of July Award of SR Bosnia and Herzegovina (1975) and of the Republic Award for Science („Veselin Masleša”) 1981.  Winner of the highest awards of the University of Sarajevo and of SR Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Began publishing reviews, essays, studies and articles in 1949, on problems concerning the basic questions of the history of philosophy and of eastern philosophies, of contemporary philosophy from modernism to postmodernism, ontology, philosophical anthropology, philosophy and the sociology of culture, the philosophy of language and hermeneutics, aesthetics and ethics, sociology and theories of culture, and the spiritual or cultural sciences.

Has published 28 books in the field of contemporary philosophy, the history of philosophy, the philosophy of culture, the philosophy of art and aesthetics, ontology and hermeneutic philosophy, the philosophy of ethics, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of science, the philosophy of technology, the philosophy of nature, the spiritual sciences, etc.

Among his numerous works, mention should also be made of a series of treatises (monographs) on the philosophy of individual philosophers (Plotinus, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Jaspers, Adorno, Heidegger, J. Ritter, Gadamer, K. O. Apel, J. Habermas, Hans Jonas, P. Sloterdijk, P. Feyerabend, Karl Löwith, Kostas Axelos, A. Camus, J. P. Sartre, G. Marcel, W. Benjamin, Arnold Gehlen, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, B. Waldenfels, D. Henrich, R. Rorty, H. Lenk, Gianni Vattimo, N. Abagnano, H. Plessner, E. Rothacker, J. P. Sartre, A. Camus, Gabriel Marcel, O. Höffe). 
Has published works dealing with a range of philosophical disciplines, including:

Origin and Meaning, 1971; The Sphinx of the West, 1972, The Crisis of the World and Truth, 1974; Experience and  Time, 1981; De Homine. Thought and the Modern Myth of Humankind, 1986; Aesthetic Theory Today. – The Ideas of Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory, 1990; The Utopia of Meaning and the Truth of Time, 1988; Humankind and the Modern World, 1988; In the Labyrinth of the World, 1990; Modern Philosophy I, II, III (Collected Papers), 1993; The Experience of Time (Zagreb, 1993.); Philosophy in Modern Times (Sarajevo, 1990. ); The Sphinx of the West at the End of the 20th Century, (Sarajevo, 2000. ); Mersad Berber / Philosophy of Painting (Zagreb, 2000. ); The Audacity of Freedom (Sarajevo, 2001. ) 1993. Political Philosophy and the Multicultural World/The Truth about the Truth: The World of Modernism and Postmodernism/In the Shadow of Nihilism.  Svjetlost,2003, Sarajevo; Truth and Freedom / Philosophy of Art/Modern History in Truth/ Europe: horizon of spiritual life and hope/ Towards Aesthetics and Criticism/ Neither Space Nor Time – Essays, Svjetlost, 2004, Sarajevo.  An English translation of The Sphinx of the West is in preparation.

He has participated in philosophical symposia at home and abroad. When holding the post of director (1990-1992) of the Centre for Philosophical Studies he organized 24 colloquia on contemporary philosophy.  He has been a member of the editorial board of the „Logos” series from the outset, and both as a member and as editor (1959-1992) was deeply involved in publishing the major works of philosophers from West and East.  Personally, he regards this as in a sense his life’s work.

Since 1949 he has contributed to periodicals and professional publications in Sarajevo (Dijalog, Pregled, Izraz/Novi izraz, Odjek, Proceedings of the Faculty of the Humanities in Sarajevo), in Skoplje and Sarajevo, in Zagreb (Kolo, Naše teme, Praxis, Pogledi, Filozofska istraživanja), in Belgrade (Filozofija, Delo, Third Programme of Radio Belgrade), in Skopljue /Sovremenost, Razgledi, Proceedings of the Faculty of the Humanities in Skoplje), in Ljubljana (Third Programme of Radio Ljubljana).  Some of his essays have been translated into foreign languages, especially German and English.  He is editor (and sub-editor) of many translations of works of philosophy from German, English and Italian, particularly in the philosophy series „Logos”(„Veselin Masleša”).  His meetings with Th. W. Adorno in Frankfurt am Main (1963), K. O. Apel, correspondence with Hans Jonas (1991, New York) and Jürgen Habermas have been significant for him.  In 1998 he returned from the USA and continued to teach epistemology at the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of the Humanities (to 2000).  He has participated in a number of philosophical colloquia in Sarajevo (International Forum Bosnia etc.), in Zagreb (Philosophy and politics: „Tyranophilia”), he lectured in Matica Hrvatska on „The Truth about the Truth Etc.”   He has organized more than twenty philosophical colloquia in the Centre for Philosophical Studies (Academy of Science and the Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to 1992).
Works about A. Šarčević: Modernism and Postmodernism/In the Shadow of Nihilism.  Svjetlost,2003, Sarajevo; Truth and Freedom / Philosophy of Art/Modern History in Truth/ Europe: horizon of spiritual life and hope/ Towards Aesthetics and Criticism/ Neither Space Nor Time – Essays, Svjetlost, Sarajevo, 2004;Essays/Interpretations, pp. 436-580). ”Dijalog”, Sarajevo, no.4, 2004: ”Launches of books by Abdulah Šarčević” – („Truth and Freedom”, ”Mersad Berber”; monograph, Zagreb, 2000; The Sphinx of the West at the End of the 20th Century ,Sarajevo,Bosanska knjiga, 2000; The Sphinx of the West. Towards an Expression of the Ineffable, ,DID, Sarajevo,2000; Audacity of Expression/Ethics of Human Rights, Law Centre Open Society Fund, Sarajevo, 2000- „Dijalog”, pp. 122-175.

He is author of the following published works:

Iskon i smisao [Origin and meaning] (Sarajevo, 1971); Sfinga Zapada [The Sphinx of the West] (Zagreb, 1972); Kriza svijeta i istina [The Crisis of the World and the Truth] (Sarajevo, 1974); Iskustvo i vrijeme [Experience and Time] (Sarajevo, 1981); De Homine: Mišljenje i moderni mit o čovjeku [De homine: Thought and the Modern Myth of Man] (Sarajevo, 1986); Utopija smisla i istina vremena [The Utopia of Meaning and the Truth of the Time] (Banja Luka, 1988); Čovjek i moderni svijet [Man and the Modern World] (1988); U labirintu svijeta [In the Labyrinth of the World] (Sarajevo, 1990) and Estetička teorija danas: Ideje Adornove estetike teorije [Aesthetic Theory Today: the Ideas of Adorno's Aesthetic Theory] (Sarajevo, 1990); Filozofija modernog doba [Philosophy of the Modern Age] (Sarajevo, 1986) (Sarajevo, 1993); Iskustvo vremena [The Experience of the Times] (Zagreb, 1993); Filozofija u moderni [Philosophy in Modernity] (Sarajevo, 1992); Sfinga Zapada na kraju 20. stoljeća [The Sphinx of the West at the End of the Twentieth Century] (Sarajevo, 2000); Etika ljudskih prava [The Ethics of Human Rights] (Sarajevo, 2000), Mersad Berber/Filozofija slikarstva /monography/(2000.), Political philosophy and multiculturalism (2003.), The truth and Freedom (2003.)

 

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