Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2019, Page: 72-81
Metaphysics of the Self, the Selfie as a Splinter of Modern Culture
Mirosław Pawliszyn, Faculty of Theology, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland
Received: Apr. 13, 2019;       Accepted: May 29, 2019;       Published: Jun. 19, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijp.20190702.15      View  38      Downloads  29
Abstract
Leszek Kołakowski once wrote such a sentence: “Metaphysics pushed out the door returns through the window”. These words of the Polish philosopher are still valid. Metaphysics did not die, although it went through intricate paths of criticism. It cannot be practised any more as Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas or Hegel did. Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Merleau-Ponty introduced it to new paths. One thought seems obvious: metaphysics cannot be practised outside cultural, sociological and psychological contexts. In this paper, we seek metaphysical experience in contemporary culture. It is impossible to mention all the paths followed by culture and metaphysics related to it. Obviously, not every cultural phenomenon “generates metaphysics”, but the scale of the changes and redefinitions requires us to seek metaphysics in places where it has not been expected before. One of them is the omnipresent phenomenon of the so-called selfie. A photograph, taken with a smartphone, which documents both the person taking the photo and a trace of the environment they are in, is an attempt to create a new reality. “Creation” and reproduction are complicated cognitive processes. One may ask: is it not an attempt to formulate a “new metaphysics”? Can we provide its definition? Yes, we can. It is the metaphysics of oneself. An important inspiration for the presented reflections is a film by a renowned Polish director, Krzysztof Kieślowski – “Amator”. Descartes and Merleau-Ponty cannot be overlooked either. The conclusion I aim to reach is the following: a selfie is a rendering of a person, who is running away from himself and at the same time wants to find himself; who wants to notice, but does not notice; who wants to see, but does not see. This “pursuit” means both an escape from reason, concealed under a hastily conjured smile or seriousness.
Keywords
Metaphysics of the Self, Modern Metaphysics, Selfie, Modern Culture, Insert
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Mirosław Pawliszyn, Metaphysics of the Self, the Selfie as a Splinter of Modern Culture, International Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 7, No. 2, 2019, pp. 72-81. doi: 10.11648/j.ijp.20190702.15
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