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Agnes Heller

I would also like to add that focusing attention on the activities of everyday self-reproduction could also open up some very fertile areas of work for the kind of sociology that aims to locate the driving force 8 Ibid. Here I only mention some of these fundamental affects and attitudes — courage In particolare la critica lukac- ronment should continue tacitly and covertly: what matters ios that, without the skills I siana si concentra sulla relazione tra quotidiano e conoscenza.

Se la vita quotidiana am to appropriate in this environment, without objectivizing myself in everyday life, I perde la sua connessione dinamica con la conoscenza e con la scienza, sostiene Lukacs, would not be able to objectivize my abilities in higher forms Heller, A. Heller, however, took this one step further. According to the Hellerian perspective, then, everyday life is built — in every case and no matter how — on particular points of view, even in conditions of non-alienation. Particularity is thus a constituting The particular man, alienation and the individual: towards a aspect of everyday life.

Only in the scenario of alienated society will sui generis ontology? This description of the concept presents such normative connota- Heller dedicated much attention to defining the characteristics of tions as to constitute a kind of explosive unpredictability in relation to the main subject of everyday life, and it is from these characteristics the very same anti-ontological premises posed by Heller herself.

As we that the entire theoretical system of Everyday Life falls out. But now let us see In everyday life, the individual considers his immediate environ- how the question is handled from a more analytical perspective. Together with these Moreover, the subject of everyday life is a particular person; that particular characteristics and points of view, everyone also possesses is to say, a person who lives every day of his life through the ways of particular motivations — or needs.

Heller distinguished at this point mere existence. Here, Heller wanted to underline the fact that particular moti- which identify pragmatism as one of the most important characteristics of everyday life.

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If nowadays, for most people, it is been particularity. This does not mean that those people who managed to ele- ty, which push people to sacrifice their essence to the needs of their vate themselves to individuality were no longer able to carry out these existence. It simply means that it was unnecessary to become an individual be possible for everyone to live an everyday life where the essence, in order to carry out these tasks; moreover, the world offered most which is the aim of existence, does not become a mere instrument for individuals limited possibilities to order their lives on the basis of indi- survival.

Although in the alienated society this is very difficult and viduality. Millions of men have carried out their work and have done unusual, it can happen that some people who do not limit using their what there was to do, without understanding their role in the world, essential strengths as an instrument for their own needs of self-preser- without being aware that their faculties were generic faculties, and vation.

Those who manage to do this, despite the constraints placed by without imposing the signs of their individuality on the world.

The subject of such a path is the indi- as the unique perspective that, in alienated society, inhibits the free unfolding of the human essence. To this system belong my actions in the past, my views, my thoughts, the various attitudes I have adopted. I have to defend everything that I have done — or everything the group has done with which I identify myself: oth- erwise I cannot successfully defend my particularity. I rationalize my past. Heller, A. Philosophical Manuscript, English translation , Penguini, It is limited, that is, to vidual.

This coming-to-be takes different forms in different ages. But linking the relation between everyday life as an analytical category whatever form concrete individuality, or its ideal, takes in a given age, where everyday life is the materially determined factual entity. In other individuality is never complete but is always in a state of flux.

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Even if a certain normative empha- He does not subordinate all his life, in any case and no matter what, to sis risks annulling the objective foundation of the concept, we contin- self-preservation. Theoretical prob- gives homogeneity and hierarchical order to the heterogeneity of lems that are much more serious arise however when Heller set herself everyday life.

The process of appropriation of individuality is condi- the objective of establishing the links between everyday life and what tioned by the concrete situation in which the subject finds himself, transcends it. In such circumstances, every theory of everyday life must handle: the relation between the the origination of a bujectively non alineated everyday life is a decla- everyday and the non-everyday.

She declared more than once that she ration of war on alienation. On the contrary, given certain socio-historical conditions, this last could, in her opinion, be structurally installed within everyday life.

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The key to accede to the non-everyday dimension is therefore to be found inside everyday life and it consists in a process of orientation 15 Heller, A. It 17 Heller, A. Romero In order to raise himself above the level substantiates individuality. The non-everyday dwells therefore, as of everyday life, the individual must, in the first place, concentrate on Heller discussed in her long and complex articles, in the everyday life a sphere of homogeneous activity that goes objectively beyond every- of those who are capable of equipping themselves with a unified and day life and thinking.

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The human activity which takes manages to achieve different levels of success according to the differ- place in the process of homogenization is creation or re-creation. To several people, the indefinite objectifications which effectively consti- base the distinction between the everyday and the non-everyday on the tute the basis for their own self-reproduction as socially and historical- construction of the self, or, to use Hellerian terminology, on the level of subjective awareness of the relationship with indefiniteness, risks bringing unobtrusively back the ontological approach that the use of the concept of reproduction had previously openly rejected.

Already in this quotation it is possible to perceive a certain norma- Questions of this kind involve not only the issue of normativity that tive flavour to this approach, which, while aiming to base the defini- is so common to the different approaches, but also the problem of the tion of the concept of everyday life on objective criteria reproduction , operational features of a theory whose aim is to study society and its in reality reproposes depreciating everyday thinking and action. What changes. Can we reasonably study society? Constructing a relation between ing their place at one of the higher levels of the hierarchy of human the everyday and the non-everyday on a normative basis normative objectification, constitute in factual reality an occupation that is repeat- already means in some way reproposing a negative understanding of ed on a daily basis?

It means, in reality, flattening once again the category of everyday life onto factual everyday life. Or would it not be more appropriate to maintain that the Paraphrasing Deleuze, Heller, , Jedlowski, should we be asking ourselves on what other level of life we can count Other scholars, have used in this short paper. What is certain is that it is a task that the more competent than myself, have dealt with this point.

The subject of The Postmodern The antinomies of autonomy Political Condition26 is dissatisfied because modern society offers an excess of abstract possibilities with respect to those that he can con- Several aspects of Everyday Life can be better understood by inves- cretely realise in his lifetime. However, this condition is very different tigating the thinking of Heller which followed this work.

Although to the kind that is determined by alienation: the state of perennial dis- when referring to her theoretical path, several clearly distinct phases satisfaction in which the modern contingent subject lives has no per- are often singled out, particularly regarding her abandoning of spective of being transcended. On the contrary, the sense of dissatisfac- Marxism, it is possible all the same to highlight several common traits tion is the actual driving force of the process of conservation and repro- that contribute towards an understanding of certain ambiguities of the duction of modern society.

Dissatisfaction, in other words, is the device theory of everyday life in the two periods. Naturally, the problem that project of a grand narrative. Peter Beilharz - - In Katie Terezakis ed. Reflections on the Essays Addressed to My Work. Agnes Heller as Autobiographer. Preben Kaarsholm - - In Katie Terezakis ed. Why Does Agnes Heller Matter? Simon Tormey - - In Katie Terezakis ed.


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