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DOI 10.12887/29-2016-1-113-04



Grażyna OSIKA – Not Speaking as an Embodied Identity-Building Practice


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This article focuses on the role of silence in building personal identity. Humans intuitively feel that there is a relation between silence and self-identity, and different kinds of spiritual practices pursued everywhere in the world prove the permanence of this conviction. It seems that there is a good reason to try and understand the basis of the relation between silence and self-identity by seeking the answer to the question of what happens when we cease talking and what allows us to ‘look deeper in our selves.’ In the present considerations silence is defined as abstaining from speaking. As such, it creates a space that helps the human being open up to various types of experiencing the world and the self, without recourse to words.

The approach used throughout the analyses rests on the assumption that the body, in particular embodied proprioception, an unmediated experience of the body’s internal sense of itself, is a decisive factor in establishing the human self. Proprioception reveals the layers of identity which in everyday experience are hidden either by the words spoken by others or in the internal dialogue with oneself. The article describes how proprioception is a basic source of self-knowledge accessible as a result of a conscious practice of silence.

Keywords: silence, personal identity, identity practice, communication, proprioception, Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 12.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887