"Journal of Education Culture and Society" 2015_2


The Language of Crisis and the Problem of Historical Meaning

Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kolakowski


Gabriel Popa

West University of Timisoara; Romania, 300223 Timisoara, 4 “Vasile Parvan” Boulevard

E-mail address: gabrielpopa19@gmail.com



The main task of our paper is to emphasize the relationship between the dominant historical paradigm which emerges at the end of the 19th Century and the contemporary embrace of  crisis language. We will see that the dawn of the historical school and of historicism in general brings forth the dissolution of the last remains of the Absolute figures, thus leaving us in front of desolation and emptiness. Post-modern skepticism and relativism became the dominant features that shape our intellectual and moral landscape, trapping us within a seemingly inescapable situation of crisis which finds its own language and expressions. Our journey will trace back to the origins and main motivations of what has been described as a constancy of the post-modern condition as it is described by Kolakowski in one of his essays from 1989, finding along our way writers like Heidegger and Nietzsche which we think  are our best witnesses of the main variations of the relation between the meaning of history and the crisis-consciousness.


Key words:  

crisis, history, relativism, Kolakowski, Nietzsche, Heidegger


DOI: 10.15503/jecs20152.110.121    pdf full version