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Witkacy. Logos and the Elements


Edited By Teresa Pękala

This book focuses on Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, philosopher and controversial artist. It expresses the opinions of philosophers, museologists and artists, for whom Stanisław Ignacy Witkacy’s 130th birthday anniversary became an opportunity to view his works from the perspective of postmodernity. The authors concentrate on Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz as eminent and prophetic philosopher concerned about Western culture with its waning metaphysical feelings, master of gesture and poses, anticipating the postmodern theatricalization of life.

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Interview with Andrzej Dziuk Director of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theater in Zakopane


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Interview with Andrzej Dziuk, Director of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theater in Zakopane

Teresa Pękala: Witkacy writes about losing the ability to experience metaphysical feelings. If we are deprived of this ability, metaphysical feelings will disappear. Sometimes contradictory conclusions are drawn in response to this assumption; what is more, the thesis itself is treated as a proof of contradictions in Witkacy’s theory. The Witkacy Theater inspires us to talk about metaphysics. The direction of the interview is set by the questions: Who? when?, in what conditions is someone able to experience this kind of feelings? Are we able to also experience such feelings, considering the experiences of the past centuries, which we carry like a suitcase full of philosophical books? This is our culture, our understanding of the world – it is ours, it doesn’t belong to anyone else. Did the Western culture really lead to the decline of metaphysics? While writing about the decline of a certain way of understanding modernity, Gianni Vattimo said the famous words: “We cannot throw metaphysics off like a worn-out garment”.

Andrzej Dziuk: I have read Gianni Vattimo’s “End of Modernity”, in my opinion it is a brilliant book. I recommend it as a prophetic text. As for Witkacy, the statement about “disappearance of metaphysical feelings” is repeatedly quoted. I can notice at least two aspects of the problem. The first seems relatively simple and it concerns the loss or exhaustion of the ability to experience metaphysical...

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