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Persons and Practices: Kant and Hegel on Human Sapience

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Abstract:

Man's rational capacities rest on education and this makes the form of human sapience interpersonal. As persons, however, we do not take part in the tradition of sapience only passively. That is, mere rationality in Kant's sense, i.e. the faculty of following implicit norms or explicit rules, is not enough for personhood. It requires also reason in Hegel's sense, i.e. free active participation in developing 'the idea' (eventually of good human life), as well as 'the concept', i.e. joint generic knowledge that defines the inferential content of our words and sentences. In making reasonable proposals for developing these persons are themselves the free 'spirit' of the human world.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Institut fur Philosophie, Universitat Leipzig, Beethovenstrasse 15, 04107 Leipzig, Germany.

Publication date: 2007-01-01

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