Subjectivity in the life and works of Paulo Coelho

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Mr. Animesh Sharma, Dr. Shriya Goyal


Be it at any given point of time, humans have had to make their decisions based off their  unique set of experiences. When faced with dilemmas, it becomes easier for them to turn to  peers or even excerpts from philosophical texts to make decisions in precarious situations. As  life becomes more and more complicated, so does a person’s understanding of these notions.  Meanwhile, shifting base and travelling to be exposed to other cultures broadens horizons  which only makes the process of decision- making all the more comprehensive, now that  several ideologies are conflicting as well as complementing each other.  This is what gives rise to a person’s subjectivity, i.e., the concept of a person’s decisions  being influenced by their tastes, experiences, feeling and opinions. The rise of the notion of  subjectivity has its philosophical roots in the thinking of Descartes and Kant(1), and its  articulation throughout the modern era has depended on the understanding of what constitutes  an individual. The aim of this paper is to unearth the myriad philosophies and beliefs Paulo Coelho  encountered in his travels throughout the world and how they influenced his subjectivity  which is so well reflected in his works over the years. The paper responds to the question of  what role did the 20th century ideologies play in shaping the different phases of his life as  well as his books.  

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