The Philosophy of Parochialism

By Radomir Konstantinovic; originally published as Filosofija Palanke

Edited and with an Introduction by Branislav Jakovljevic, Translation by Ljiljana Nikolic and Branislav Jakovljevic and available for the first time in English in 2021

The Philosophy of Parochialism is Radomir Konstantinović’s (1928–2011) most celebrated and reviled book, first published in Belgrade as Filosofija palanke in 1969. “A virtually unique example of indigenous Balkan discourse independent of European philosophy … developed as a study of the spirit of the palanka or market-town mentality, Konstantinovic’s book discerns at the margin of Enlightened Europe an oppositional rationality, the provincial mind versus Hegelian cosmopolitan reason. While the latter is open to the world with relational subjectivity, the reasoning of the provincial mind closes itself into a subjectivity that excludes the world.”
—Dušan I. Bjelic, from the introduction to Balkan as Metaphor: Between Globalization and Fragmentation

Excerpt from the original text Filosofija Palanke:

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