Bakhin's Non-Alibi of Being

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ÇALIŞKAN, Sevda. "Ethical Aesthetics/Aethetic Ethics: The Case of Bakhtin." Journal of Arts and Sciences (May 2006). available from jas.cankaya.edu.tr/gecmisYayinlar/yayinlar/jas5/01-sevda.pdf.

The historically situated subject:

This fusion of knowledge (abstract) with its acknowledgement (lived experience) surmounts the dualism of cognition and life, as well as making me— the individual act-performing self— the only responsible agent for my deeds. The historical and contextual situatedness of the subject is described by Bakhtin as “my non-alibi in being” (p. 5)

I occupy a place in once-occurent Being that is unique and never repeatable, a place that cannot be taken by anyone else and is impenetrable for anyone else. In the given once- occurent point where I am now located, no one else has ever been located in the once-occurrent Being (Act, 40). (Bakhtin as quoted in paper, p. 5)

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