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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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Metaphysical Feeling and Image. Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz and His Esthetic Concept (Grzegorz Sztabiński)


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Grzegorz Sztabiński

Metaphysical Feeling and Image Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz and His Esthetic Concept

Metaphysical feelings play a crucial role in the concept of pure art proposed by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, however, the issue has never been discussed in a comprehensive way in any of his works – there are no extensive articles or chapters on the subject. In 1931 a short text titled Uczucia metafizyczne (Metaphysical feelings) was published in “Ilustrowany Kurier Codzienny” but it did not include an overall analysis of metaphysical feelings or a discussion of their role in artistic production. It was solely a presentation of the concept with some modifications, which the author was willing to accept after several years since its original introduction. One of them referred to the adjective “metaphysical”. Witkacy considered it “inadequate” although the very sense of the term was still proper, yet he emphasized that it appeared to be problematic as it led to many misunderstandings.

Today – he wrote – I would not use the epithet in order to avoid turning all kinds of positivists against it, from the extreme consistent psychologists to hopeless materialists who, to this day, have been straying among us in the spheres of official philosophy, who were academics or ordinary members of the public. Not everybody is able to understand that there is a great chasm between the concepts and (Witkiewicz, 1976b; 29).

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