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Valiant, vital and virtuous : A time-snap review (2020)

Itkonen, M. (2020). Valiant, vital and virtuous : A time-snap review. European Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, 5(1), 17-25. http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejms/article/view/4580

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Itkonen, Matti

Journal or series: European Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies

ISSN: 2414-8377

eISSN: 2414-8385

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 5

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 17-25

Publisher: European Center for Science Education and Research

Publication country: Albania

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejms/article/view/4580

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67427

Additional information: English translation by Glyn Hughes.


A time-snap review – moments captured pictorially – means the creation of multi-layered observation. The enquiring gaze then extends beyond the present moment: to its existential roots. However, it is not a question of presenting an historical list, a collection of topics of various types and periods. Of course, understanding the present also requires knowledge of the people and events of the past. In this way it also becomes possible to study the recurring nature of existence. Can war-related travel also count as cultural travel? Is it possible to talk about war tourism? Presumably, in many countries the answer to this will be positive. It relates to the history of ideas and also to national sentiment. This kind of cultural education may be indoctrinating in character, with the goal of insinuating into people's minds the concept of the incomparable excellence of their own nationality. The spirit of the 2010s contains shades of indoctrination. Fortunately, alongside this struggle to impress, education for democracy is also present. Photographs and poetry are powerful media, helping us to create a nostalgia for being. Then, too, a longing for the past is awakened. It is here that a philosophy of yearning or wistfulness is needed, providing an exploratory tool for analyzing the nature of the individual and the community. Modernity needs philosophical poet-travellers. They are adept at loving the wisdom of travel.

Keywords: essayistic literature; lyric poetry; intellectual history; cultural history; cultural philosophy; cultural research

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Reporting Year: 2020

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