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2007 | 1(16) | 115-134

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Marek Siemek: a Storyteller and Intersubjectivity


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This article is a personal story of unfulfilled cognitive relationship between the author, his young but ripening intellect, and a renowned Polish philosopher - Marek Siemek. Today, Siemek is seen as a visionary who expands frontiers of the thinkable. Siemek is portrayed as charismatic thinker who takes advantage of his influence on people in a virtuous attempt to establish dialogic relations between them. Such attitude is that of a storyteller - the author claims. The main challenge Siemek put before himself, was that of pointing out possibilities and underlying the potential of intersubjective model of socialization as well as the potential of cooperative social relations in a civil society (public reason). There are three incarnations of Siemek in the text: (1) Siemek as a philosopher struck by Marxism, (2) Siemek as a philosopher struck by Heglism, (3) and finally Siemek as a mature, independent and sovereign advocate of the idea of philosophy as a reasonable faith. Siemek's work however, is not a continuation of a rather theological issue - the one of conformity of faith and reason, but that of consistence and unity of both theoretical and practical reason; the reason being the highest instance of appeal, the one and only competent to decide on all matters related to its scope of power. It seems clear that Siemek follows the path once taken by Kant and Hegel; he finds the boundaries of reasoning to be also the boundaries of human freedom. Whatever we affirm with support of our free-thinking and unprejudiced judgement, we affirm freely; and as long as our behaviour is a reflection of this free affirmation, it is a manifestation of freedom. Hence, the apology of reasoning becomes an apology of freedom.


  • S. Wrobel, Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii PAN, ul Nowy Swiat 72, 00-330 Warszawa, Poland


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