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The Second Birth: On the Political Beginnings of Human Existence

Tilo Schabert


Whereas human beings have their first birth in the beginning of their bodily existence, only their second birth, in which their political existence and their relation to a government begin, makes them truly or eminently human. But while the origin of political existence is usually equated with the formation of communities, the present book utilizes the mythical, philosophical, religious and political thought cultivated in the European, American, Arab, and Chinese civilizations to identify the political dimension of human beings in Gestalten of power that render them political beings prior to t ... More

Keywords: politics, government, civilization, power, creation, number, body, Eros, law, grace, freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226038056
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226185156.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tilo Schabert, author
University of Erlangen