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Vadim Rozin1
  • 1 Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, 12/1 Goncharnaya Str., Moscow, 109240, Russian Federation

Author’s Meditation on Life and Death in the Evening of Life

2012. Vol. 9. No. 3. P. 3–16 [issue contents]
The author is trying to make sense of his own anniversary by comparing his own notions of life and death with those of prominent philosophers. Approaching some certain life stage, is it worth keeping in mind the finitude of existence and start limiting oneself or is it better to approach new achievements as if man were immortal? For example, to master fear of death the philosopher Plato proposes the man of antiquity conscious building of one’s life that leads the man to immortality. One needs to live rationally, not obeying passions and desires, then life will become the part of afterdeath existence, and death will become a benefit, but not a misery. Analyzing the ideas of Plato, who pointed out two different ways, one way of reconstructing other people and society as a whole (which he failed) and another way of reconstructing oneself (in which he was successful), the author compares Plato’s views on salvation with the ideals of M. Foucault and discusses his own notions of life and their role in the process of bringing his values into reality. As distinct from M. Foucault, the author doesn’t try to “make oneself” as a work of art, but to live in peace with oneself, striving for understanding oneself, what is human, critically comprehending own beliefs. Herewith it is important to remember that people constitute themselves in space of cultural oppositions and general consequences. A discussion of the notions of death indicates that it is an important moment in life and in personality self-determination. If a personality wends the way of self-improvement, of salvation and surmounting death, then one may talk about a new anthropological type. Such a person not only differentiates from mediocre cultural and social life, but realizes a unique way and life-line that are broadly determined by aforementioned individual styles, scripts and pictures.
Citation: Rozin, V. M. (2012). Razmyshlenie avtora na sklone let o smerti i zhizni [Author’s Meditation on Life and Death in the Evening of Life]. Psychology. Journal of Higher School of Economics, 9(3), 3-16. (in Russian)
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