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Miron Białoszewski: Radical Quest Beyond Dualisms


Artur Placzkiewicz

Miron Białoszewski: Radical Quest Beyond Dualisms is an innovative and challenging work of literary scholarship that examines Białoszewski’s artistic praxis as a certain philosophical proposition. It differs from the earlier critical approaches to the writings of this writer in as much as it attempts to examine his mature poetry from a non-dualistic perspective. The study demonstrates in detail how Białoszewski’s radical approach to poetry evolves into a consistent life-writing and life-philosophy (life-writing-philosophy). The poet disregards binary oppositions and he approaches life and reality without any universal method. In the poet’s mature poetry, the context is identified as life and not as reality, and Białoszewski’s writing is described as his life project which is not searching but rather researching, since it has no pre-established goal to reach except for being continued.


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If physical reality is on the most fundamental level a seamless whole, it follows that all manifestations of this reality, including neuronal processes in the hu- man brain, can never be separate from this reality. And if the human brain that constructs an emergent reality based on complex language systems is implicitly part of the whole of biological life and derives its existence from embedded relations to this whole, this reality is obviously grounded in this whole and cannot by definition be viewed as separate or discrete. All of this leads to the conclusion, without any appeal to ontology, that Cartesian dualism is no longer commensurate with our view of physical reality in both physics and biology (Nadeau and Kafatos 1999:171-72). Miron Białoszewski – the Participating Observer. 1. I claim in Part 1 that Białoszewski’s lyrical subject acknowledges more than one way of representing reality, and there is no universal language to ex- press its essence in his writing. Language becomes a tool used to help subjects cope with their environment. This antilogocentric attitude is grounded in a be- lief that language is continuous with both the Self and reality, and it follows from this recognition that subjects are participating observers. Moreover, this active positioning forces the participants to redescribe the relation between parts (subjects and objects) and wholes (the world, reality), as well as many other distinctions and dualisms. Consequently, the system of beliefs of Białoszewski’s lyrical subject is modified, and his attitude toward reality changes....

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