Bauman, that “seeds in snow” to be preserved with care

Nella foto Zygmunt Bauman

How much does an intellectual’s biographical journey weigh on the development of his thoughts, the things he has written, and the decision to study? And, on the contrary: is it possible to recreate one’s personal life in light of the categories and principles that have been created only in the professional or even on frequencies only? In short: Can two areas be clearly separated without significant loss of information and meaning for both the reader and the author of a book?

Rise of science And modern ideas are based on a radical positive answer to this question: scholars, researchers, intellectuals, if they really want this to happen, they must speak the language of universality and objectivity. Their particular content must be expelled from the texts they write, clearly hidden from readers.
The last lengthy interview given by Zygmunt Bowman to Peter Hafner and later published with the important title by Major All round. Love, luck, memory and other humanity (P. 216, € 1, .00, translation by Michel Sempolo) all played the opposite of this notion (which is, also, partly, an “absurd”): a great scholar, the greatest sociologist, and the last. One thirty years of intellectuals, it can be started with a profound difference between the development of his personal life and his work.

In recovering that transparency and daring to confront himself publicly with the most dramatic or embarrassing moments of one’s life, an intellectual always experiences what turns an interview into a true sociological dialogue and philosophical one, With an approximate platoon. Taste, in which biography and universality reunite.

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with this Dialogue-interviewing, very dense and enjoyable at the same time and exciting to read, Bowman leaves us, above all, three great topics for reflection. The first is the relationship between past, present and future at both the individual and social levels: a world in which the absolute triumph of capital and personalization has been achieved, the anxiety and aspiration of building a “good society”. Thinking about it and myself, personally and between generations, in hopes of progress and continuous improvement. The instability or reactionary form of life has produced a reaction to instability, foregone and revision, regressive transcendence of the past: utopias become retrophosis. Bowman invites us to reverse everything, based on a new “hope-theory” (as Baloch might have said), to re-project ourselves from the past, in a positive way, to the future. To do something different in the direction: the possibilities, models and experiences of liberation and progress that have been defeated or abandoned but which are still, all with their potential. Socialism, to which Baman remained ideally loyal throughout his life, is the first of these.

this subject The problem of freedom is referred to: as experienced in his personal life, Bowman makes us reflect on the fragility of self and the constant mixing of people, situations and situations, particularly in and with the era of fluid modernity. At the same time, we are living in the direction of something new, it affects each of us. An existential position rather than social existence that seems to impose us on the dominance of necessity.
However, all this can always be reversible: if fate and the world are given and are difficult to modify by the individual, we can work on our subject matter and be sure to explore all positive possibilities. At the same time, Polish sociologists tell us that this is not enough: it is necessary to simultaneously construct a social context and a politics capable of taking responsibility for collective contradictions and problems.

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Human can become the subject and fight more effectively against the force of “already given” and “destiny” where society and social cohesion exist. This explains the urgent need to get out of neoliberalism. The third and final theme – that which cuts off others, even a little bonding – is the importance of both bond and love, both at the individual and public levels: care, attention to others, respect for their specialties, core practices and values Globalization and neoliberal capitalism, in fluid modernism, intend to take over. On the contrary, it is the things that have stood a theme and that have been able to transform society, “that seed into ice”, for generations.


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