Temptation of the geometry. Topological inspirations in the humanities

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Temptation of the geometry. Topological inspirations in the humanities

The main phenomenon discussed in the article is the presence of mathematical inspiration in contemporary humanities. The essay brings together samples of reflection by Baudrillard, Ag-amben, Sloterdijk and Žižek, in which certain topological objects or concepts belonging to the mathematics of chaos (fractal, sphere, the Möbius strip and so on) play an important role. The mathematical components introduced into the philosophical reflection serve as models of dif-ferent conceptualizations of the world and of different phenomena occurring in the symbolic spaces created by man, helping to describe and analyze analogies and non-obvious similarities between objects of culture. Conceptual and methodological borrowings puncture the boundaries of the fossilized schemes of reflection and interpretation.

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