Becoming Self: A Legion of Life in a Culture of Alienation

In Kitija Mirončuka (ed.), Normality and Exceptionality in Philosophical Perspective [Normalitāte un ārkārtējība filosofiskā skatījumā]. LU Akadēmiskais apgāds. pp. 25-46 (2022)
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This research explores the carnal, experienced self as processual and becoming, situating life as zoe (as per Braidotti) in the context of the Western culture, characterized by alienation (Fromm, Foucault). The study first addresses the ontological disposition of the carnal self and then turns to the concepts of life and death (Freud, Fromm), to explicate the tie between materiality and discourse conditions. Erich Fromm’s classical distinction of having and being is restated as a distinction of having and becoming, which are then explored as complimentary ontological, cultural, and characterological directionalities. A genealogy of their mutual dynamics then allows situating the relations of carnal bodies and inorganic prosthesis (e.g. technologies) in the light of life considered as the necessary synthesis of forces of preservation and perpetual change, beyond subject-object duality.

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Anne Sauka
University of Latvia


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