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Patrycja MIKULSKA, The First-Person Singular

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The essay addresses questions related to the solitude human beings experience in the boundary situations of birth and death. The author analyzes some of the meanings of the claim that man is born and dies alone. The discussion has been inspired by, among others, Blaise Pascal’s reflection on the human being as a thinking reed, Jacques Lacan’s concept of the mirror phase, as well as by Plato’s Phaedo and the description, provided by Alfred Delp, a Jesuit sentenced to death for resistance against the Nazis during World War II, of his experience before the imminent execution.

Keywords: solitude, boundary situations, birth, death, the thinking reed, the mirror phase, Phaedo, Alfred Delp

Contact: John Paul II Institute, Faculty of Philosophy, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Al. Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
E-mail: ethos@kul.lublin
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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. e-ISSN 2720-5355
  3. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 100.00
  4. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  5. DOI Prefix 10.12887