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Filosofija anapus pasakojimo teksto
Philosophy beyond the narrative text

Author(s): Tomas Sodeika
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas Švietimo akademija
Keywords: filosofija; pasakojimas; tekstas; dialogas; Jean-Franeois Lyotard; narrative texts; narrative form of philosophy; dialog;

Summary/Abstract: In his classical work The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge the famous french philosopher Jean-Franeois Lyotard describes the contemporary situation as that of incredulity towards the 'grand narratives' or 'meta-narratives'. Narrative knowledge has a form of the story-telling. This type of knowledge is common to the ancient myths. Philosophy aspires to overcome the mythic way of thinking. However, the narrative form continues to prevail in philosophy; in fact, the philosophy itself exists in form of the narrative texts. The philosophical narrator occupies the position of a bystander and tells the story about some kind of interconnection between the events and the things; he aspires to make sense of reality in this way. People no longer believe in 'grand narratives' in the postmodern period, and the very possibility of philosophy is called into question. It seems that some kind of an alternative to the narrative form of philosophy can be found in a dialog. The dialog requires the philosopher to abandon the position of the indifferent bystander and to take part in the dialog. However, the dialog cannot be the content of the narrative text, since it does not rest on the narrative but rather on the appeal.

  • Issue Year: 06/2004
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 32-44
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Lithuanian