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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 Thought

In Thought

(p.65) In Thought
The Second Birth

Tilo Schabert

, Javier Ibáñez-Noé
University of Chicago Press

Human beings’ care of themselves must take place in the form of a thoughtful care. Indeed, thought itself is a feast in which the sociability of human beings expresses and actualizes itself. For not only is thought at the foundation of sociability, but sociability is already present in the intimacy of individualized thinking, to the extent that, as Plato showed, thought is a dialogue of the soul with itself. But while empirical societies have a start, thought is a beginning that does not start, for to think is always to continue to engage in a thought that the individual thinker has not started. On the other hand, thought is not only rooted in sociability but is itself at the basis of sociability, insofar as thought is the thoughtful care of the human community. Thus, Plato taught that in the “beautiful city,” which is posited by thought at the origins of human society, thought, power, and society are in perfect correspondence to one another. While an actual society is always a falling-apart of creation, thought preserves the paradigmatic force of the beautiful city.

Keywords:   thought, creation, falling-apart, beautiful city, sociability, power

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