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The Imperative of Individuality

The Imperative of Individuality

Lior Rabi, ‘The Imperative of Individuality, Vocation of Man and the End of Metaphysics in Modern Times’, Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 73, no. 1 (2017): 351–78, DOI .17990/rpf/2017_73_1_0351

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  • The Imperative of Individuality, Vocation of Man and the End of Metaphysics in Modern Times

    Type Journal Article
    Author Lior Rabi
    Rights © 2017 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2017 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    Volume 73
    Issue 1
    Pages 351-378
    Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    ISSN 0870-5283; 2183-461X
    Date 2017
    DOI 10.17990/rpf/2017_73_1_0351
    Language English
    Abstract In traditional societies the relationship between the group members was more personal and less individual. Most societies were patriarchal, hierarchical and static and most people understood themselves according to their social position. Only a small minority of the members tried to differentiate themselves from the collective in order to follow their potential of individuality. In modern times the social relations became less personal and more individual and the ideal was to allow every citizen to strive for accomplishing his special vocation. The ideal of the vocation of man was presented in the writings of many philosophers and it reflected social, technological and scientific changes. Kant’s ideal of autonomic reason and Nietzsche’s ideal of authenticity were the two ideals of individuality. The first aim of this paper is to reexamine the limits of these ideals by following the ideas of different writers and to convince that this historical change should be conceived as the burden of individuality. The second aim is to rethink the relation between the imperative of individuality and the status of metaphysics in the writings of modern philosophers.
    Date Added 21/04/2017, 10:00:46
    Modified 21/04/2017, 14:51:05


    • Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Georg Simmel
    • ideal of individuality
    • Immanuel Kant
    • metaphysical consolation
    • personal relations


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