Totalitarianisms as systems of lawlessness (Miłosz's remarks)

Zbigniew Kaźmierczyk


The article accounts for the gnostic individualism in Miłosz’s records. It shows that its essence is not freedom, but self-will. It argues that its premises are existential. Among them we can find the fundamental data of existence: the passage of time, death, growing old of the body, the decomposition of matter, experiencing biological drives as violence and the laws of nature and history as necessity. If existence is experienced that way it bears self-will. The author argues that Miłosz fell into a crisis of gnostic self-will as he realized it leads to the inner split between the evil world and the ideal super-world. He was also aware that this duality implies the aversion to the earthly life and nihilism. The author shows that the experience of self-will served as a tool in the Nobel laureate’s writings to study totalitarianisms. From this perspective Nazism seems to be the self-will inspired by Darwinism, while Communism – the quintessence of Enlightenment idealism. As a result of the deviation of freedom the Nazi Germany and the Bolshevik Russia became the mine of genocide.
Author Zbigniew Kaźmierczyk (FL/PPP)
Zbigniew Kaźmierczyk,,
- Institute of Polish Philology
Journal seriesActa Universitatis Lodziensis. Folia Litteraria Polonica, ISSN 1505-9057, e-ISSN 2353-1908, (B 12 pkt)
Issue year2017
No7 (45)
Publication size in sheets2.00
Keywords in Englishhumanism, Darwinism, freedom and necessity, self-will, totalitarianism, genocide
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne - Bez utworów zależnych (CC-BY-NC-ND); with publication
Score (nominal)12
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ScoreMinisterial score = 12.0, 03-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
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