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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 Freedom

In Freedom

(p.113) In Freedom
The Second Birth

Tilo Schabert

, Javier Ibáñez-Noé
University of Chicago Press

The Gestalt of freedom has a special status insofar as it cuts across and modifies all pre-given Gestalten of human existence. It is the business of every human being to decide how he or she relates to these Gestalten by undertaking the work of the “first” constitution, that of the soul. This politics of the soul yields a paradox insofar as the reality of freedom is power, but power can also be used to subjugate human beings. This is the paradoxof freedom, which can only be resolved by the regency of power in the second (political) constitution. A person has a free existence only when this existence is shared with others in a “space of freedoms.” A “regency of power” aims at creating this space by partitioning and limiting this power in time as well as by making the holding of power recallable.

Keywords:   freedom, politics of the soul, The paradox of freedom, Regency of power

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