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Author: Krzysztof Pałecki
Institution: Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland)
Year of publication: 2009
Source: Show
Pages: 7-16
DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2009001
PDF: ppsy/38/ppsy2009001.pdf

The ability to manage other people’s behavior has always intrigued philosophers. The fate of each human being and each community depend – in a way that is not easy to measure – on other people. Who are these “other people”? Why can they determine the direction of our thoughts and actions? What relation takes place between them, those who manage, and us, who are willing to be obedient? Which part of our social subjectivity are we willing to give up for the sake of these “others”? Such and many more important questions mark what may seem as an undefined framework of a never-ending, inconclusive discourse. However, once we decide to take an active part in this discourse, we need to take a responsibility to frame the subject matter, at the very least in a conventional manner, remaining aware that when each argument and each statement are equally relevant in terms of their content value, none is worth attention since they all are deprived of their explanatory value.

 

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