Subject and Keywords:
Referring to the Proteus myth, the author analyses the causes of changes taking place in the image and reception of political ideas and doctrines. He points to the current Polish ideological dispute between the advocates of liberal democracy and concepts of republicanism. Another question concerns the problem of interpretation and its various levels, where metamorphosis usually occurs. Finally, the author points to the problem of choosing tradition as a factor supporting the transformation of ideas and their impact on the current political set-up in Poland.