2023-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Prayer as a Form of Life, Life as a Form of Prayer


/ Zofia Rosińska interviewed by Mikołaj Sławkowski-Rode /

MSR: Your book Po śladach. Doświadczenie modlitewne w ujęciu filozofii kultury [After the Traces. The Experience of Prayer in the Perspective of Philosophy of Culture] has an unusual format for an academic work. Apart from an overview and discussion of various conceptions and examples of prayer you have added an annex containing eight interviews with various people as well as five testimonials concerning the experience of prayer – some very intimate. What was the motivation for choosing such a format and how did you select the texts comprising the annex?
ZR: My book is not a cultural study or a work of theology, psychology, or psychiatry, although it touches the boundaries of all these disciplines. What I mean here is that it takes up topics and utilizes the categories specific to these fields.
My book is a book about the human being and it is written from the perspective of philosophy of culture.
You say that the format of my book is not typical for an academic work, because of the decision to include the annex containing conversations with people who pray and with others who reject it. This is true. However my book necessitates this minor structural difference.
The goal of the book was to discern and understand various forms of prayer present in our culture: from set prayers through poetry, painting and music to activities like work. I call this ‘ontological prayer’. Unfortunately I could not include painting and music in this work.

How to cite:

Rosińska, Zofia. “Prayer as a Form of Life, Life as a Form of Prayer.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 7, no. 4 (2023):  73-77. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2023.0034.


Zofia Rosińska (Professor Emerita)
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 3, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland

Mikołaj Sławkowski-Rode (Interviewer)
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 3, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland

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