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Conceptual Parallels in the Liberalism of Karel Havlíček Borovský and Ján Palárik

(Original title: Ideové analógie v liberalizme Karla Havlíčka Borovského a Jána Palárika)
Filozofia, 64 (2009), 10, 971-983.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: Slovak

After the revolutionary year 1848 both Slovak and Czech political representations faced the same challenge in their searching for a new constitutional order, although their respective state-forming activity differed. In this context the overlapping conceptions of Ján Palárik and Karel Havlíček Borovský are worthy consideration. They both underline the strategy of gradualism in the nation-forming process as well as cultural distinctiveness combined with civic ethos. Further, they both combined the romanticism grounded in national feeling with the Enlightenment ideas and the importance of practical reason. Their liberalism underlining the national and civic equality and the bottom up political activity thus can be seen as a new incentive in creating the constitutional grounds of both Slovak and Czech nations.


Liberalism, K. Havlíček Borovský, Ján Palárik, National equality, Federalism, Citizenship

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