Katarzyna Kremplewska

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences
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    The article analyzes Henri Bergson’s understanding of human life in the light of his metaphor of life as “insinuation.” Comparing his ideas with the ideas of another original thinker of the age, George Santayana, allows shedding light on Bergson’s ontological strategy of making matter– as a threat to life –subject to mediation. Memory and imagination use matter to play out the past in the guise of the present–for the sake of life. The text also focuses on the formulas of freedom arising out of b…Read more
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    Santayana on Communism in the Light of His Correspondence
    Overheard in Seville 37 (37): 30-41. 2019.
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    Coping with Finitude: Santayana Reading Heidegger
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 51 (2): 225. 2015.
    There has been a long, surprisingly persistent tradition in labeling Santayana either as a unique and old fashioned figure of early twentieth century American philosophy, devoted to reviving metaphysics in a scholastic guise, or as a somewhat latent, closet pragmatist. This commonly held view was often additionally sealed in a dismissive way with the unpopular label of a quietist. In either case, the status of philosophical outcast was given to Santayana, echoing Charles William Eliot’s doubts a…Read more
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    Review of George Santayana at 150: International Interpretations (review)
    Overheard in Seville 32 (32): 71-76. 2014.
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    Kremplewska discusses how Santayana’s engagement with radical scepticism has a cross-disciplinary import and can be seen as a response to some of the intellectual and moral concerns prominent in the literature of the first half of the twentieth century. She employs Santayana’s analysis of scepticism as the basis for an interpretive philosophical re-reading of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s “The Lord Chandos Letter.”
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    Time as the Source of Inalienable Freedom: Henri Bergson’s “Immunizing” the Self
    Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 1 (1): 76-88. 2017.
    The paper looks at the idea of grounding human freedom in selfhood, with particular attention to the strategies of “denaturalizing” time, resulting in its separation into different modalities. The perspective of practical philosophy, interested in accounting for and making legitimate the spontaneous first person assumption of being a free agent, is enriched with some historical references to different ontological and anthropological attempts at inscribing verticality or transcendence into the hu…Read more
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    In this book, Katarzyna Kremplewska offers a thorough analysis of Santayana's conception of human self, viewed as part of his larger philosophy of life. Santayana emerges as an author of a provocative philosophy of drama, in which human life is acted out. Kremplewska demonstrates how his thought addresses the dynamics of human self in this context and the possibility of sustaining self-integrity while coping with the limitations of finite life. Focusing on particular aspects of Santayana's thoug…Read more
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    W eseju tym przyglądam się koncepcjom wojny i jej relacji do ludzkiej natury, kondycji, cywilizacji, tudzież immanentnej „struktury” władzy, autorstwa czterech dwudziestowiecznych filozofów – Arnolda Toynbee’go, René Girarda, Georgio Agambena i George’a Santayany. Zestawienie elementów tych teorii, a także krytyki kultury współczesnej, w którą wszyscy interlokutorzy się angażują, pozwala odkryć intrygujące punkty wspólne. Nawet jeśli niektóre analogie okazują się pozorne, to dyskusja rzuca nowe …Read more
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    The first comprehensive study of Santayana’s political thought as connected to his cultural criticism. It ranges over topics such as Santayana’s political ontology, his criticism of democracy, liberalism, and communism, his views on freedom and forms of human servitude.
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    Erratic Paths of the Human Subject in René Girard’s Thought
    Archiwum Historii Filozofii I Myśli Społecznej 64 291-308. 2019.
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    At the end of the 20 century, after a few decades of oblivion, the thought of George Santayana (1863–1952), a major figure of the so-called Golden Age of American Philosophy, reappeared as subject of academic interest. It is believed that Santayana’s originality within the intellectual milieu of the dominant at that time in Anglo-Saxon context pragmatist and analytical thought contributed to this delayed reception. This text, being part of a broader project, looks at the concept of „the self” e…Read more
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    Czy prawda jest wieczna? O kilku aporiach ontologii G. Santayany
    Archiwum Historii Filozofii I Myśli Społecznej. forthcoming.
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    George Santayana – a philosopher, a critic of culture and an atheist deeply concerned with the issue of religion and secularization was an advocate of the idea of naturally founded human spirituality. Hence his critique of some modern forms of life which in his view were guilty of spiritual ignorance and the flattening of language. This essay, by juxtaposing Santayana’s ideas with those of William James, Peter Berger and Charles Taylor, aims at revealing some postsecular aspects of his thinking …Read more
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