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The Second BirthOn the Political Beginnings of Human Existence$
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Tilo Schabert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226038056

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226185156.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Second Birth

Tilo Schabert

, Javier Ibáñez-Noé
University of Chicago Press

The distinction between a “first” and a “second” birth of human beings is here introduced. The first birth is their physical or bodily birth; the second is their birth as political beings, which makes them subject to government as well as capable of civilization. In both modes of existence, the configurations or Gestalten of human life are Gestalten of power. The “Political” properly speaking, though not found in the bodily existence of human beings, is nonetheless pre-formed in it, and this is why to exist means for human beings to govern creatively.

Keywords:   First Birth, Second Birth, The “Political”, power

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