Unreal Nature

June 4, 2017


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… it is from here that any event began and forever begins for me.

Continuing through the essay ‘Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity’ in Art and Answerability: Early Philosophical Essays by M.M. Bakhtin edited by Michael Holquist and Vadim Liapunov (1990):

… No one can assume a position toward the I and the other that is neutral. The abstract cognitive standpoint lacks any axiological approach, since the axiological attitude requires that one should occupy a unique place in the unitary event of being — that one should be embodied. Any valuation is an act of assuming an individual position in being; even God had to incarnate himself in order to bestow mercy, to suffer, and to forgive — had to descend, as it were, from the abstract standpoint of justice.

[line break added] Being is, as it were, once and for all, irrevocably, between myself as the unique one and everyone else as others for me; once a position has been assumed in being, any act and any valuation can proceed only from that position — they presuppose that position. I am the only one in all of being who is an I-for-myself and for whom all others are others-for-me — this is the situation beyond which there is and there can be nothing axiological for me: no approach to the event of being is possible for me outside that situation; it is from here that any event began and forever begins for me.

[line break added] The abstract standpoint does not know and does not see the movement of being as an ongoing event, does not know and does not see being as a still open process of axiological accomplishment. One cannot be neutral within the unitary and unique event of being. It is only from my own unique place that the meaning of the ongoing event can become clearer, and the more intensely I become rooted in that place, the clearer that meaning becomes.

My most recent previous post from Bakhtin’s book is here.




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