Theory, History and Self-Characterization of Social Margins in Public Writings
7. Plots or Distinctive Personal Characters Acting forthe Social Margins 121
121 CHAPTER 7 Plots or Distinctive Personal Characters Acting for the Social Margins As I have elaborated in Chapters 1 and 3, the narrativist approach to history explores the narrated historical events that constitute differ- ent temporalities of the social margins in their narration; it thus differs from how mainstream academics narrate history as linear progress. In this approach, an intellectual, as the narrator, organises these historical events according to his or her intuition and interpretation, or muthos, so as to construct a distinctive character that accurately represents the social margin it represents. Such a creation also projects the plotted character of the narrator, who embodies himself or herself in the actions of an identifi ed social marginal, through which a narration follows a theoreti- cal interpretation from different schools of thought. Theory in this sense is not the Platonic foundation of science, certainty and clarity; rather, it goes back to Aristotle, who denoted theory as a guiding practical concept of poiesis – something that we make ourselves or something we make by setting our sights on achieving it.1 My ethnography of the intellectuals that I interviewed confi gures two aspects of this creative thinking based upon theory (in the Aristotelian sense) and creative action (praxis). First, as I found in their narrations, the intellectuals I interviewed imitated the persona acted (in most instances, the authors of treatises) using a con- textual background similar to the one they had encountered in history and in their real lives. Second, pointing to a...
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