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The Ethnology Notebooks. 2018, 3 (141), 550–576

UDK 123.1:124.2]:159.947.2

DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2018.03.550

FREEDOM AND SENSES MOVEMENT

Kis Roman Yaroslavovych, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Ethnology
of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine,
departmeny of social anthropology.
Svobody Avenue 15, 79000, Lviv, Ukraine.
Contacts: Tel. (067)7117846; e-mail: Kholeryk@gmail.com

Abstrakt. Two basic features (according to Hannah Arendt’s «Between the Past and the Future…») are essential for a human being: 1) to be a free individual (a possibility to make a free choice and a possibility to overcome oneself and the circumstances); to initiate something (so called initium); 2) to be an agent — to act independently using one’s own knowledge, experience (including the capital of the senses) and some other instruments of one’s of activities. The author adds one more basic feature: to be free in generating new senses, new constellations of senses, and the new horizons of utmost-senses (goals, expectations, high values and new moral conventions and prescriptions). At the same time H. Arendt argues against a simplification of the problem of so called free will. This paradox concerns the fact that a human’s will (and self-motivation) may be considered not as an instrument of free choice but as a tool of a direct self-compulsion. To say to oneself «NO» and just to block free desires and inner impulses is not quite a free process. The true freedom and active search for freedom are impossible besides a readiness for an inner freedom. A formal freedom (in legislative terms) may be inefficient if a man does not possess strength for spiritual resistance and a potentiality of strong senses. A self-identity, which is closely related with self-determination in one’s freedom, may be sufficiently strong and efficient only if based on existent or desired utmost-senses. The major areas of freedom’s self-actualization are creativity and a search for utmost senses.

Keywords: freedom, free choice, identity, creativity, configurations of senses, new meanings, boundary senses.

Received 23.02.2018

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