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Life Configurations

Book Description

Life Configurations focuses on the analysis and reflection on the various forms in which human beings imagine, design, conjecture, and plan their ‍“becoming”, that is to say their lives. Case studies written by an interdisciplinary circle of well-known academics explore how the capacity of designing life, the concept of free will, and the methods to calculate the future have been changed and adopted in different societies and in different ages.

Table of Contents

  1. Challenges of Life
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Preface to the series “Challenges of Life”
  5. Life Configurations
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Philosophical Foundations
    1. Contributions for considering the possibility of all life configurations
      1. Bibliography
    2. “Philosophical Anthropology” as an Interpretation of Human Life Forms*
      1. I. The Rise of Anthropology and the Crisis of Man
      2. II. The Main Representatives of the German Philosophical Anthropology
        1. 1. The Science of Man and the Science of Society in the Work of Max Scheler
        2. 2. The “Excentric Positionality” of Man and the Variety of Human Worlds in the Work of Helmuth Plessner
        3. 3. Gehlen’s Anthropological Synthesis and its Connection with Sociological Research
      3. III. Explanatory Notes to the Actuality of Anthropological Thinking
      4. IV. Philosophical Anthropology as Reflection of Natural Science Knowledge
        1. 1. Language as an Exclusive Human Capacity
        2. 2. Cultural “Evolution”?
      5. Appendix
        1. I. Human-formula
        2. II. Explanatory Notes
          1. 1. Notes on Philosophical Anthropology
          2. 2. Explanation of “Sprachmäßigkeit” (linguistic nature of man)
          3. 3. Dimensions of (self-) interpretation of man
      6. Bibliography
    3. Life and Language
      1. Bibliography
  8. Historical Perspectives
    1. Carpe diem: Time and Life Configuration in the Hellenistic Roman World
      1. Bibliography
    2. Life Configurations in the Middle Ages between Divine Acting and Human Self-Determination
      1. Bibliography
    3. Foreseeing the Future Under a Communist Regime
      1. 1. Linking the future and the past
      2. 2. Subjectivity at Play
      3. 3. Thinking in Consonance
      4. 4. The Truth of the Religious Foreseeing
      5. 5. The Imperfection of the Circle
      6. Bibliography
  9. Cultural Identities
    1. Explaining the Vicissitudes of Human Life: The Indian View
      1. 1
      2. 2
      3. Bibliography
    2. Life Configurations: Perceived Patternings in Pre-modern China
      1. Bibliography
    3. The Muslim Conduct of Life: Paths of Continuity
      1. I. The preconditions of the Muslim configuration of life
      2. II. Reflections
        1. 1. Autonomy of the individual?
        2. 2. Salvation history
        3. 3. Persistency
      3. Bibliography
    4. Sorcery comes from nearby
      1. The other side of kinship
      2. Sorcery and shamanism: a relationship amongst relationships
      3. Bibliography
    5. Returning to the Land, Evoking the Past, and Sowing the Future
      1. Guaraníes and Tapietes: formation of communities in northwest Argentina
      2. “We used to live by working the soil”: new Tapiete settlements
      3. Searching for nature and tranquility: the development of new rural settlements
      4. Conclusion
      5. Bibliography
    6. Life as Quotidian Acts of Justice in Northern Mozambique
      1. Debt
      2. Gift
      3. Ordinary exception
      4. Conclusion
      5. Bibliography
  10. Politics – Economics – Ethics
    1. Configurations of (Political) Life
      1. 1. Cum-figurare
      2. 2. Non est potestas super terram quae comparetur ei.
      3. 3. Still Life
      4. 4. Biopolitics
      5. 5. Ambivalence
      6. Bibliography
    2. The Politics of Survival
      1. Bibliography
    3. What’s Alive for Economics?
      1. 1. The relationship between scientific development and improvement of social life
      2. 2. Social ontology of expenditure
      3. Bibliography
    4. Can Ethics Shape Modern Societies?
      1. 1. The Renaissance of “Ethics” in the 1970s
      2. 2. The Importance of Values
      3. 3. Impact of values on the business
      4. 4. The Importance of Senior Leaders in the Implementation of Values
      5. 5. Possible Sanctions
      6. Bibliography
  11. Art and Literature
    1. Why Do We Need Masterpieces?
      1. I
      2. II
      3. III
      4. Bibliography
    2. Elpenor, the Emmaus Pilgrim and the Missing One
      1. Bibliography
    3. The Rise and Fall of Objects and Their Relationship with Man
      1. Man and Objects
      2. Beauty
      3. Quantity
      4. Time
      5. Illusion
      6. Death
      7. From Beauty to Death
    4. Musil’s Reconfiguring of Austria’s (reluctant) Entry into Modernity
      1. 1. Introductory remarks
      2. 2. Törless: Musil’s first attempt to come to grips with the “other condition”
      3. 3. The alienating effects of writing and poetic density
      4. 4. The Master as opposed to the aesthete
      5. Bibliography
  12. About the Authors