Reason and Faith
Edited By Francesco Botturi
GIUSEPPE COLOMBO Generative Fiduciality and Experience 143
143 Generative Fiduciality and Experience GIUSEPPE COLOMBO The Original Locus of Experience Man is given to himself through “being brought into the world by others”, thus standing, structurally and permanently, in a “sonship” position; for he is, in different ways and degrees, always generated by others. The forgetfulness/removal of this elementary and substantial truth has had, from the modern to the post-modern era, catastrophic consequences, such as the curtailment of life to production, artifice, and ownership (in terms of family relationships, birth and death, education, etc.). I am therefore convinced that a renewed anthropological perspective needs to probe into the paradigm of identity and its inter-subjective ac- knowledgement, as given and fulfilled in a “generative fiducial relation- ship”. By this expression I define, first of all, not an occasional event but a “state”, the stable and intimate human disposition that is not only an ines- capable condition but also the structural need without which no indi- vidual with his or her whole (i. e., human) experience could be born or attain perfection. Such a relationship is thus simultaneously stable and dynamic, as it forms the human identity in the actual making of its his- tory. Also, by using the term “fiducial” to describe this generative relation- ship, I assume that it does not just coincide with the biopsychic produc- tion of human individuals; rather, it is a specifically human generation which, as such, cannot take place outside the mutual entrusting of the subjects involved, namely, a “state of faith”. Here...
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