The Persistence of a Certain Question


In the path of his – most brilliantly described – way to himself St. Augustine arrived at the point in which he could only state: “…and I have become a problem to myself, and this is the ailment from which I suffer.” It is well known how and at what price (both intellectual and metaphysical) he found the way out of this deadlock of self-reflection. We also know that the problem he faced is not something what can be solved once and for all. Quite on the contrary, since that moment on it became the most basic predicament of all philosophical thought which attempts at a serious analysis of the human being and at any determination of its nature. Furthermore, this predicament – as it is visible in the above mentioned example – affects not only philosophical reflection, which can always be accused of being abstract and devoid of any vital contact with the realm of genuinely human concerns. It also affects the way we think about ourselves, the way we try to make sense of who we are and to ascribe meaning to different modes of our self-experience.

How to cite:

Bursztyka, Przemysław. “The Persistence of a Certain Question.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 1, no. 1 (2017): 1–4. https://doi.org/10.26319/EIDOS-001-QUESTION.


Przemysław Bursztyka
Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 3, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland

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