Etho-poietics and Anti-political Anarchism

Soluncev, Risto and Stojanov, Trajce (2017) Etho-poietics and Anti-political Anarchism. In: Kierkegaard Year 2017 6th International Philosophical Symposium of Miklavž Ocepek , 8-12 Sept 2017, Škocjan, Trieste & Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia . (In Press)

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In his late lectures, Foucault is deriving the concept of ethopoietics as a pure creation of the properties of one self, which is a divergent process contrary to main self-production in the Western civilization: externalization of the self into a discursive formation as an obligation to truth. Ethopoietics is quite opposite energia, as an internalization of the outer discourses as a matter for artistic self-creation. According to authors, Foucault is completely a Kierkegaardian thinker using the same Kiekergaardian tropes to express the self-relation of the self as a nonsystematic praxis. Self-artism is a refuse to get out into the “transcendence”, where power is the transcendental thing that conditions the appearance of the subject. The only ontological immanence is the epistemological field of the power and the State, in which we are reduced to a public thing and transparent self, a self-for-the-state. But, does this postmodern artism have any political relevance (a foundation for State-abolition program), or is it only a doxology, an irrelevant private project, that is, in sensu strictu, a detail on the structural archeology? In both perspectives, we are speaking about the “ontological dance of the Absolute” (Levinas), and that is the inner Hegelian root of the postmodernist’s self-artism as a negation. Political postmodern anarchism is an impossible task. As a revolt and resistance, postmodernism is constantly being returned back in to the knowledge of the State as a Hegelian immanent God, and restored as a moment of the same epos, of the same system.
But in Kierkegaard’s philosophy there is a deep concern about the creation of subjectivity, and the need to bind it with the transcendence. Kierkegaard is seeking for the meaning of the subjectivity out of the immanence, as a completely deontological search for the Absolute. “The Self is a relation which is related to itself.” The Self is a synthesis of the finality and infinity, “which is in relation to itself, and whose task is to become a being by itself, that could be achieved only through God”. This is a grounding of the existence into another existence, but existence that opens the perspective for an absolute self-creation, a creation that cannot be reduced to any system of morality and representation. This radical concept of ethopoiesis, that distorts the immanent ontology of the world, is a base for an anti-political anarchism that can be derived if we use Kierkegaardian radical thinking.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Humanities > Philosophy, ethics and religion
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Science
Depositing User: Trajce Stojanov
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 10:35
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2018 10:35

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