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In-human Immortality – a Handful Reflections on the Idea of Eternity in the Poetry of Zbigniew Herbert

Data publikacji: 18.11.2019

Konteksty Kultury, 2019, Special Issue (2019), s. 33 - 57

https://doi.org/10.4467/23531991KK.19.014.11091

Autorzy

Ireneusz Ziemiński
Uniwersytet Szczeciński, al.Papieża Jana Pawła II 22a, Szczecin
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4686-8625 Orcid
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This article is an attempt at a philosophical reconstruction of the idea of eternal life in the poetry of Zbigniew Herbert. The author sets out to discuss the difficulties connected with the ideas of both heavenly (transcendent) eternity, which posits a new mode of existence, and earthly (immanent) everlastingness, based on immortal  fame or instants of eternity intermittently available to humans (in other words, a momentary cessation of the awareness of the passage of time). An example of heavenly eternity is the immortality of the soul or the resurrection of the body; according to Herbert, both possibilities signify a radically novel (perfect and infinite) mode of existence, which is totally alien to human (imperfect and finite) nature. This is why man does not desire an eternity of this kind, as it would entail a transformation of his nature into a different, non-human (divine, angelic) being. A paradigmatic example of earthly eternity can be found in profound experiences (such as aesthetic contemplation of beauty), when the contemplating subject loses the consciousness of the destructive power of time, or even of his own eventual demise, deluding himself for a moment that his being is everlasting. Herbert seems to embrace a third way, which is the way of the sceptics, who do not believe in either kind of eternity,  consequently living in a state of permanent suspension between the two other ways.

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Informacje: Konteksty Kultury, 2019, s. 33 - 57

Typ artykułu: Oryginalny artykuł naukowy

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In-human Immortality – a Handful Reflections on the Idea of Eternity in the Poetry of Zbigniew Herbert

Autorzy

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4686-8625

Ireneusz Ziemiński
Uniwersytet Szczeciński, al.Papieża Jana Pawła II 22a, Szczecin
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4686-8625 Orcid
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Uniwersytet Szczeciński, al.Papieża Jana Pawła II 22a, Szczecin

Publikacja: 18.11.2019

Status artykułu: Otwarte __T_UNLOCK

Licencja: CC BY-NC-ND  ikona licencji

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