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By Augusta Dimou

Discusses the advent of socialist ideology as an alternative of political modernity within the Balkans within the overdue 19th and early 20th century.

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37 The oppressed were bound to embrace and support the struggle for the truth. Fighting for truth and justice meant bringing social institutions into step with the actual needs that generated them. For these reasons, Lavrov was opposed to false idealizations of the nation, law and the state (which will be discussed more extensively in the ideological credo of Svetozar Marković in the following section on Serbian radicalism). Critical inquiry was a lifelong affair, a habit that a human being should acquire and master in order to merit being called a cultivated person.

He insisted on the autonomy of history and psychology as independent sciences and not inferior to the natural sciences. He considered phenomena of consciousness to be primary, not solely because consciousness provided access to the external world and was thus the basic condition for all observation and science, but also because it was consciousness that constructed theories about the world. Although affirming phenomenalistic positivism he insisted on the necessity to account for both ex- 32 II.

II. Intellectuals History demands sacrifices… The problems of development must be resolved. A better historical future must be won. Before each individual who has come to recognize the need for development there arises the stern question: Will you be one of those who is ready for any sacrifice and any pain, if only to succeed in becoming a conscious and knowing agent of progress? Or will you stand aside, a passive spectator of the frightful mass of evil being perpetrated around you, conscious of your defection from the path of development, the need for which you once felt?

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