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Dialektyka żarłoczności, albo o pustych trzewiach nienasyconego rozumu
The Dialectic of Gluttony, or The Empty Stomach of Insatiable Reason

Author(s): David Schauffler
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego

Summary/Abstract: The radical physiological limits imposed upon the gross human appetites is compensated for by their constant recurrence. The very meaning of an appetite seems to be necessarily connected with the ideas of repletion and repetition, the sense of a continual process of desire and its fulfillment. The immediate and repetitive satisfaction of the individual appetite is mirrored by the general socio-economic activity of the fulfillment of the stipulated needs of the public, a process which likewise contains a dialectical relationship between the (re)occurence of the appetite and its satisfaction. The socio-economic level of this dialectic has received considerable attention. The paper intends to reexamine its connection to the individual, or microappetitive, dialectic, which the Author calls the dialectic of gluttony, and thereby to further draw attention to another repetitive process, another cycle of desire and fulfillment, and that is dialectical criticism itself.

  • Issue Year: 2002
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 23-31
  • Page Count: 9