Milan Kundera on the Uniqueness of One’s Self


Here is a philosophical examination of some themes presented by Milan Kundera in The Art of the Novel, as well as in his novels Immortality and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The discussions of the first-personal perspectives of the novel’s author, both as appearing in and as contrasted with that of a character in the novel, as these unfold in implicit subtle comic, social-political contexts, prescind from these contexts and dwell instead on fictional renditions of the senses of personhood and its individuality especially as embodied in the face and as implied in relations of love. Of special interest is Kundera’s thesis that the irreplaceable uniqueness of the individual is one of Europe’s finest illusions.


self, person, first-person reference, individuality, world, fiction, face, love

How to cite:

Hart, James G. “Milan Kundera on the Uniqueness of One’s Self.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 2, no. 3(5) (2018): 100–127. https://doi.org/10.26319/5818.


James G. Hart (Professor Emeritus)
Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University Bloomington
College of Arts and Sciences, Sycamore Hall 230, 1033 E 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47405-7005, USA


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