Director, Institute for Advanced Study, Warsaw; Founder, “Krytyka Polityczna” movement
Bronisław Geremek Visiting Fellow
(July 2014 – April 2015)
Accursed Answers: Communism, Capitalism, Nationalism. The Intellectual Biography of Czesław Miłosz
“What is not a biography does not exist at all”, said Stanislaw Brzozowski, an influential Polish philosopher. Based on said words, I shall study the intellectual biography of Czeslaw Milosz, whose works may appear well-known and exploited, yet the opposite is true. Milosz is concerned with “the pressure of necessity” which can break even the strongest character. I want to elaborate on this thesis with the help of social psychology, especially studies on cognitive dissonance, social influence and obedience. Milosz’s attitude towards Poland is complicated and studies are distorted by the Polish desire to have a national hero for the hard times of communist dictatorship.
Previous stays at the IWM:
2011, Milena Jesenská Visiting Fellow