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The Yearbook on History and Interpretation of Phenomenology 2016

Vocations, Social Identities, Spirituality: Phenomenological Perspectives


Edited By Jana Trajtelová

The fourth volume of the «Yearbook on History and Interpretation of Phenomenology: Vocations, Social Identities, Spirituality: Phenomenological Perspectives» presents variety of contemporary authors who explore the problem of vocation and closely related phenomena of personal, social, cultural (and transcultural) identity. They, altogether, point to its indispensable significance for our deeper understanding of the philosophical category of a «person», and a personal community, with all of its moral and axiological weight. The elucidation of our personal and social identities also unavoidably accompanies an ongoing, mutually respectful dialogue with other distinctive cultural life-worlds.


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Transcendence as Creativity: Vocation in Andrei Tarkovsky (Jana Trajtelová / Anthony J. Steinbock)


Jana Trajtelová and Anthony J. Steinbock Transcendence as Creativity: Vocation in Andrei Tarkovsky Abstract: In this article, we venture to expose philosophical themes of the human being’s spiritual search for meaning, personal individuation, and vocation in selected films of the Russian filmmaker, Andrei A. Tarkovsky. Focusing primarily on three of his films (Andrei Rublev, 1966, Solaris, 1972, and Stalker, 1979), 1) we sketch the interrelations between verticality, vocational call, transcendence, and creativity; 2) we explore the meaning of interpersonal relations and loving in relation to any genuine form of (self) transcend- ence; 3) we point out the problem of reductionist approaches to reality and underscore the irreducibility of a personal being; 4) we uncover the essential structures of vocations in relation to the primordial calling that we understand as loving; 5) we open up the question of the radical transformative force of affliction that may allow new spiritual depths of a personal life to unfold. All of these issues turn on the central mystery of the inter-connectedness and inter-permeating of the human and divine, of the created, the creating, and the uncreated. Keywords: Tarkovsky, Creativity, Vocation, Reductionism, Transformation, Mystery My films are not a personal expression but a prayer. When I make a film, it’s like a holy day. As if I were lighting a candle in front of an icon, or placing a bouquet of flowers before it.1 Introduction Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky (1932–1986) was an influential Russian film director, writer, film editor, and theorist. Making only a handful...

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