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DOI 10.12887/29-2016-4-116-05



Jaromir BREJDAK – To Be a Person: On the Anthropomorphic Dimension of the World


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Nature, happiness, and ‘person’ are the three vertices defining the field of Robert Spaemann’s philosophical interests. Spaemann has extensively discussed these realities in his three major works: Natürliche Ziele. Geschichte und Wiederentdeckung des teleologischen Denkens, Happiness and Benevolence, and Persons: The Difference Between “Someone” and “Something.” Spaemann holds that a teleological approach to life following its natural and autonomous goal, opens up the normative aspect of being in which the human person becomes co-responsible for the finality of other beings. The processual ontology developed by Spaemann concludes with the ethics that seeks to combine antiquity with Christianity: not only does it refrain from abandoning the concept of human happiness as the goal of life, but it expands this ancient idea by introducing the Christian concepts of love and benevolence as the sources of genuine happiness. Benevolence and responsibility are possible beyond the natural egocentric self-centeredness. Owing to the transgression of her ego the human being in a ‘natural’ way transcends her own nature, thus becoming a ‘person.’

Keywords: nature, teleology, happiness, responsibility, benevolence, person

Contact: Zakład Filozofii Współczesnej, Instytut Filozofii,
Wydział Humanistyczny, Uniwersytet Szczeciński,
ul. Krakowska 71, 71-017 Szczecin, Poland

E-mail: jaromir.brejdak@univ.szczecin.pl



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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887