Toward a Philosophy of the Act

University of Texas Press, 22.2.2010
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Rescued in 1972 from a storeroom in which rats and seeping water had severely damaged the fifty-year-old manuscript, this text is the earliest major work (1919-1921) of the great Russian philosopher M. M. Bakhtin. Toward a Philosophy of the Act contains the first occurrences of themes that occupied Bakhtin throughout his long career. The topics of authoring, responsibility, self and other, the moral significance of "outsideness," participatory thinking, the implications for the individual subject of having "no-alibi in existence," the difference between the world as experienced in actions and the world as represented in discourse—all are broached here in the heat of discovery. This is the "heart of the heart" of Bakhtin, the center of the dialogue between being and language, the world and mind, "the given" and "the created" that forms the core of Bakhtin's distinctive dialogism.

A special feature of this work is Bakhtin's struggle with the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Put very simply, this text is an attempt to go beyond Kant's formulation of the ethical imperative. mci will be important for scholars across the humanities as they grapple with the increasingly vexed relationship between aesthetics and ethics.


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Review: Toward a Philosophy of the Act

Käyttäjän arvio  - sologdin - Goodreads

unfinished and probably unfinishable, but not in a good nezavershennost way. could've been some cool neo-Kantian rumination here on the key problem of vnenakhodimost, had dude not smoked this manuscript up in the Kazakh wilderness (or was that the other text?). Lue koko arvostelu

Review: Toward a Philosophy of the Act

Käyttäjän arvio  - Jordan Goings - Goodreads

Revolutionary for both its time, as well as our own. Discusses how we implement the artistic/theoretical tastes of our lives into the practical. Kind of heady and difficult to follow... but that's ... Lue koko arvostelu

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Tietoja kirjoittajasta (2010)

Vadim Liapunov is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Indiana University.

Michael Holquist is a professor of comparative literature and Slavic studies at Yale University.

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