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By Witold Gombrowicz

Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969), novelist, essayist, and playwright, was once some of the most very important Polish writers of the 20th century. A candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, he was once defined through Milan Kundera as “one of the nice novelists of our century” and by means of John Updike as “one of the profoundest of the overdue moderns.”

Gombrowicz’s works have been thought of scandalous and subversive via the ruling powers in Poland and have been banned for almost 40 years. He spent his final years in France instructing philosophy; this e-book is a chain of reflections according to his lectures.

Gombrowicz discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six “one-hour” essays and addresses Marxism in a shorter “fifteen-minute” piece. The text—a small literary gem choked with sardonic wit, impressive insights, and provocative criticism—constructs the philosophical lineage of his work.

Witold Gombrowicz is the writer of Ferdydurke, Trans-Atlantyk, Pornografia, and Cosmos, the 1st on hand from Yale collage Press. those, together with his performs and the three-volume Diary, were translated into greater than thirty languages.

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The well-known identity principle, A equals A (chair is chair), is not carried out here. The Being of consciousness is, in this sense, an imperfect being. But let us go further. The Being in itself cannot disappear. It is independent of time and space. It is as it is, nothing more. While existence, the Being for itself, is a limited being, with an end, which dies. (This is at least how our existence appears to our consciousness. ” A chair stands for an amount 57 witold gombrowicz of energy, and this energy can transform itself into another object, or remain unchanged energy, while human existence begins and ends (birth and death).

Born in Danzig. He adopts the Kantian system with a formidable difference, which consists of the following. After Kant, all philosophers wanted to be involved with the thing in itself, the absolute. ” Schopenhauer’s reasoning is as follows. Man is also a thing. Therefore, if I myself am a thing, I must seek my absolute in my intuition, what I am in my essence. ” Here a door opens to a new philosophical thinking: philosophy stops being an intellectual demonstration, in order to enter into direct contact with life.

Because of this, reasoning is not possible. Under these conditions, how can existentialist reasoning, or a philosophical system like that of Heidegger or Sartre, be possible? *Stefan Zeromski (1864 –1925), Polish novelist and dramatist. 49 witold gombrowicz Husserl’s phenomenological method came to the aid of the existentialists. Heidegger was Husserl’s favorite pupil. Husserl never forgave Heidegger for having profited from phenomenology for totally different ends, thereby creating the first existentialist system.

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