Alexandru Dragomir's Quest for Identity


This article is a hermeneutic attempt to think through some of Alexandru Dragomir’s philosophical fragments that focus on the problem of identity. To this purpose, the first part examines Dragomir’s existential strategy in asserting the pre-eminence of the need for identity in his analysis of the mirror, as well as in his reinterpretation of the myth of Narcissus. The second part tackles the inner configuration of Dragomir’s ownness-strangeness dialectic along with the function it holds in his understanding of philosophy as a perpetual self-questioning. The final section addresses Dragomir’s confrontation with the metaphysical tradition regarding the nature of individual uniqueness.

Keywords: Alexandru Dragomir, Romanian philosopher, Martin Heidegger, ontology of the self, autology, existential identity

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