The “Contract” and “Self-Surrender” as Archetypal Models of Culture

  • Juri Lotman


When analyzing the most archaic socio-cultural models, we can distinguish at least two that are of particular interest in light of their extended transformations in the history of culture. Acknowledging a certain degree of relativity, we will call the one magic and the other religion. It should be stressed from the start that we are not discussing actual cultures but rather typological principles. Indeed, the religions that have emerged throughout the course of history typically represent a complex amalgam of these two elements.


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  • Juri Lotman
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  1. 1.University of TartuTartuEstonia

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