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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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In Action

In Action

(p.32) In Action
The Second Birth

Tilo Schabert

, Javier Ibáñez-Noé
University of Chicago Press

Human beings exist only as beings in action. As Pascal and Plato show, human existence, in contrast to the uniformity and unchangeableness of divine life, is constant movement and change. The great question here is: Movement, change, and action toward what and for what? The question is practically answered through beginnings, i.e., through the creation of Gestalten. Here that freedom of human beings to exist creatively is exhibited which permeates and characterizes also, and indeed preeminently, their political acting toward common goals.

Keywords:   action, movement, freedom, aim (telos), creation

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