Partners, Opponents, but not Enemies
International conference

Bulgarian Philosophical Association (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
Varna, May 14-21, 1989



This paper discusses from a sociological point of view the opposition and enmity between different philosophical systems. The basic methodological principles of this analysis include the assumption that the social commitment of any philosophical system is inevitable. They include also the assumption that although these systems are autonomous in relation to specific social groups and strata, they nevertheless are forms of ideological expression. The transition from opposition to enmity and vice versa is viewed in relation with the social context in which different philosophical systems emerge. The paper focuses on the sociological analysis of the philosophical antagonisms.