Narrative identity: Narration as Emancipation. Alasdair MacIntyre and Jewish Tradition

Piotr Sawczyński 1
1 - Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Instytut Nauk Politycznych i Stosunków Międzynarodowych
2016; 17 (2):
ICID: 1224626
Article type: Original article
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criticize the “unity of a human life” concept as put forward by Alasdair MacIntyre in After
Virtue, where human subjectivity is shown as predominantly shaped by narration of
a community. I argue that despite agonistic claims, MacIntyre’s concept stays highly conservative,
which results not so much from his understanding of community and tradition,
but rather from a formula of narration they are founded upon. I am going to propose
an alternative, pro-emancipatory concept of narrative subjectivity where narration inherently
confronts with the communal instead of being adapted to it. The concept is inspired
primarily by Jewish philosophy of language as recently interpreted by Harold Bloom.

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