The paper derives from listening intently to the connection between man and a place. Under examination here is local man, and along with him, a cultural experience which holds hidden in itself the philosophy of locality and a tale about a place. What would the idea of locality be? Does local man have the power to create the world? These questions accompany reflections on man situated in a place. The author refers to Nietzsche, Heidegger, Márai, Pessoa, Rilke, Derrida, and Deleuze. Using the comparative method, the author tries to create philosophy of locality as a profound thought, which would clarify the road of man according to the teaching of the place. When we take a look at the story commenting upon as well as creating the world, we can observe the movement of “shifting” places: Augé’s non-lieux, Nora’s lieux de memoire, Reijnders’s lieux d’imagination, Foucault’s hétérotopie. It is joined by a number of shifts and dispossessions: dystopia, utopia, eutopis, atopia, etc. However, these stories are not able to veil the sense of place. The philosophy of locality exposes man to a place, confronts him/her with a place and compels him/her to fill the place with meaning and commitment. Man situated in a place is man bound to take up his/her place and live in this place creatively, without any support from the inherited thoughtless repertoire of tools for adaptation. The paper derives from the willingness to seek creative power in what is seemingly sluggish, stagnant and separate.
Aleksandra Kunce, University of Silesia, Poland
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