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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 Consciousness

In Consciousness

(p.36) In Consciousness
The Second Birth

Tilo Schabert

, Javier Ibáñez-Noé
University of Chicago Press

Consciousness and grace designate the dimension of clarity in human life, in which beginnings occur through a proper and lucid creation of Gestalten. But the clarity of consciousness is not a given, and this is why the power to create is also a power to destroy. Here the difference between human existence and divine life comes again to the fore, for what is contained in a beginning is not immediately clear to human beings, whereas in God everything is presence. But there is also a difference in the human ways of creating Gestalten, according as to whether this creation happens in the clarity of consciousness or in the night of cognition, for the sake of life or in the direction of death. Since every human being is in himself or herself a polis, the task of governing in clarity is found in the individual (through the work of the soul) as well as in the constitution of a collective polis for the sake of the good life.

Keywords:   consciousness, soul, Polis, government, self-government

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