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By Witold Gombrowicz

Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969), novelist, essayist, and playwright, used to be essentially the most very important Polish writers of the 20th century. A candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, he used to be defined by way of Milan Kundera as “one of the good novelists of our century” and by way 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 educating philosophy; this booklet is a chain of reflections in response 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 jam-packed with sardonic wit, awesome 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 to be had from Yale college Press. those, with his performs and the three-volume Diary, were translated into greater than thirty languages.

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On that day, time and space will disappear and the conjunction of subject and object will be transformed into an absolute. Beyond time and space. There will no longer be any movement. Then poof ! the absolute. As you see, such metaphysical systems have a rather fantastic structure. Even when the systems collapse, they are useful in understanding reality and the world a little better. This idea of the progress of reason in Hegel is achieved through a dialectical system which is of the greatest importance today and which expresses itself somewhat this way.

2. No doubt the aristocratic aspect of this philosophy. For Schopenhauer, there are mediocre men and superior men. He insulted the mediocre ones. 35 witold gombrowicz 3. He was against life (his philosophy was against it), whereas one can derive some very useful things about politics from Hegel, as Marx did. Schopenhauer sought renunciation, he sought to kill the will to live. ) do not find readers. Schopenhauer detested Hegel. ” To defy Hegel, he had set the times of his courses at the University of Berlin to be the same as Hegel’s, with the result that Hegel’s classroom was always full while his own was empty.

To affirm the will to live by fully participating in life with its cruelties and its injustices. 30 philosophy in six hours 2. Not suicide, but meditation. Schopenhauer considers that the contemplation of the world “as if it were a game” is absolutely superior to life. He demonstrates this in an extremely ingenious way. The one who contemplates the world and is filled with wonder is the artist. Now, in this sense, the artist resembles a child, because the child also marvels at the world in a disinterested way.

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