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Between Openness and Closure: Helmuth Plessner and the Boundaries of Social Life
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Classical Sociology, ISSN 1468-795X, E-ISSN 1741-2897, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 36-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article introduces the basic notions of the widely neglected Philosophical Anthropology of Helmuth Plessner. Instead of defining man as a privileged holder of consciousness, Plessner claims that all living organisms can be defined by their specific relation to their physical boundaries. In contrast to other living organisms such as plants and animals, however, the 'eccentric' nature of man allows for a comparatively high degree of freedom from the physical environment, which enables him to transcend, objectify, and deconstruct the boundaries of the same. The article concludes by outlining Plessner's original contribution to contemporary debates in social theory, in particular constructivism and post-humanist studies.

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2018. Vol. 18, no 1, p. 36-54
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-318521DOI: 10.1177/1468795X17704786ISI: 000423739600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-318521DiVA, id: diva2:1084481
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EU, European Research Council, 263699-CEVAvailable from: 2017-03-24 Created: 2017-03-24 Last updated: 2019-01-25Bibliographically approved

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