An Asocial Philosophy of Life.- Translated by Tul'si Bhambry and Agnieszka Waśkiewicz. Editorial work by Tul'si Bhambry.
Closing Remarks. Masters without Servants; or: Aristocrats on the Margins of Social Life
Masters without Servants; or: Aristocrats on the Margins of Social Life
Strangers by choice among other strangers
Notions of strangeness pervade our contemporary world. Some would call strangeness a postmodernist fixture, and indeed the concept appears in a wide range of publications, from academic journals to tabloids with dubious motives co znaczy ten pytajnik. Most often we hear that strangers are barred from authentic life, or that they suffer from being excluded or marginalized by mainstream culture; another commonplace is that they are upset by the distance between themselves and other strangers. The problem of strangeness is supposed to be resolved by dialogue and institutions of social inclusion. If these function adequately, today’s stranger will sooner or later become ‘one of us’; otherwise strangers will be condemned to remain in stigmatized cultural ghettos. In the light of these preconceptions it seems absurd that anyone should choose to be a stranger. And yet, this book is about strangers who do not perceived their strangeness as a problem, as they have no desire to belong to the mainstream of society.
As far as their social condition is concerned, the protagonists of this book comes close to what Georg Simmel outlines in his essay ‘The Stranger’. Although Simmel had in mind people of a specific social category, his essay points out certain features that life on the margins of a community brings out more than life either within or outside the community. The...
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