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Oral History as a Hermeneutics of Fate: Pretextual Experience

Author(s): Piotr Filipkowski
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Philosophy, Oral history, Existentialism, Hermeneutics, Philosophy of History
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: oral history; biography; (pretextual) experience; narration; coincidence; accidentality; existence; fate;

Summary/Abstract: Filipkowski offers a preliminary proposal to inscribe oral history into broader philosophical contexts. Oral history is understood as a practice in the humanities that is based on the pretextual experience of the human encounter, which in turn represents a precondition for any dialogue aiming to understand the Other. Filipkowski brings oral history to bear on the hermeneutic tradition and on reflections on coincidence and accidentality as developed in the field of philosophical anthropology. The notions of coincidence and accidentality are inextricably inscribed into (human) existence. They are used to analyse a specific biography, allowing us to look at it from the perspective of fate, while narrations about it can be seen as meaning-making articulations.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 40-60
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Polish