Innovations and Reproductions in Cultures and Societies
(IRICS) Vienna, 9 - 11 december 2005

<< Instabilität und Zerfallsformen gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhänge / Instability and forms of deterioration in society


Tadeusz Rachwal (Warsaw School of Social Psychology)



The paper will be, generally, devoted to the idea of the uncertain in contemporary culture. Looking at the problem from the perspective of critical theories I will try to problematize the links and connections between the philosophical/epistemological issues related to uncertainty and its presence in the public space of the social reality within which it functions. I will concentrate on the concept of "epistemological security of position" so as to show how the ways in which the construction of the European subjectivity has influenced the mechanisms of the capitalist ideological policy of the reproduction of the idea of certainty as constitutive of the individual. Beginning with Descartes’ search for the security of the subject position in his Discourse on Method (which largely draws from the insecurity of the changing 17 th-century Dutch landscape) I will look into the innovatory perspectives of the postmodern thinking and thinkers (Lyotard, Bauman) which perceive of uncertainty and precariousness as the effects of the processes of globalization and the imposition of the capitalist/European project of subjectivity. In the paper I will also address the current social and political problems of precarity in Poland, thus exemplifying the presence of various motifs which make uncertainties a powerful mechanism of the political campaigning.

Innovationen und Reproduktionen in Kulturen und Gesellschaften (IRICS) Wien, 9. bis 11. Dezember 2005

WEBDESIGN: Peter R. Horn 2005-10-10