OF METAPHYSICAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY
Professor Cezary WODZIŃSKI, Head
Established in 1995, the Group focuses on research into the transformation of traditional categories, motifs and ways of metaphysical thinking in contemporary philosophy (of the last decades of the 20th century). The key research question is: “In what forms – overt and covert – has traditional metaphysics survived in times deemed post-metaphysical?” The Group has attempted to critically examine the post-metaphysical diagnoses of the so called end of “metaphysics”, “history”, “man”, etc., and to construct a trans-metaphysical discourse, capable of undertaking a serious philosophical discussion with so-called postmodernism (post-metaphysical). Initially, research was aimed at tracing the transformations of axiological and ontological thought, with special emphasis on the problem of evil in contemporary philosophy. The results were published in Cezary Wodziński Światłocienie zła (Light-and-Shadows of Evil) (Wrocław 1998), a continuation of his previous book Heidegger i problem zła (Heidegger and the Problem of Evil) (Warsaw 1994).
A general research framework defines a long-term research program, conducted by the Group since 1999: the project of apophatic metaphysics (and respectively apophatic ontology and anthropology). Most advanced is the research into apophatic anthropology. Its outline has been given in Cezary Wodziński’s Święty Idiota: Projekt antropologii apofatycznej (Saint Idiot: A Project of Apophatic Anthropology) (Gdańsk 2000). The first studies in apophatic anthropology were presented in a collection of essays Pan Socrates. Eseje trzecie (Mr Socrates. Third Essays) by Cezary Wodziński (Warsaw 2000). The Group co-operates with the Vienna Institute for Human Studies and with academic centres in Germany and the USA (e.g. jointly with the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago two international philosophical conferences were organised in 2000 and 2001).
Address: Institute of Philosophy and Sociology PAN,
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