“...I who had loved the image of old Geulincx, dead young, who left me free”: Samuel Beckett reads Arnold Geulincx Cover Image

„(...) tak wielbiłem obraz starego Geulincxa, zmarłego w młodym wieku, przyznającego mi wolność (...)” — Samuel Beckett czytający Arnolda Geulincxa
“...I who had loved the image of old Geulincx, dead young, who left me free”: Samuel Beckett reads Arnold Geulincx

Author(s): Joanna Usakiewicz
Subject(s): Philosophical Traditions
Published by: Akademia Ignatianum w Krakowie
Keywords: Samuel Beckett; Arnold Geulincx

Summary/Abstract: Arnold Geulincx (1624–1669), like the Occasionalism which he represents, was pushed to the margins of philosophy and, at present, is known almost exclusively to historians of philosophy. However, Samuel Beckett (1906–1989), the brilliant writer and dramatist, did certainly read his works, especially his Ethics. References to Geulincx and his views, together with explicative comparisons in Beckett’s own writing — as, for example, in Murphy, Molloy and The End,— testify to this fact. In this article, the author demonstrates the inspirational influence of Geulincx’s thought upon Beckett through an analysis of the ways in which the famous playwright read and made use of the words and images of the philosopher.

  • Issue Year: 23/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 29-43
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish