A time to exist on one’s own
Classicism, in European thought, destined man to universality. Each monadic life, closed in itself, concerned with itself, living a life that takes form in needs, passions, feelings, and interested in a world as it exists for itself, is a node of particularization. But the subject has the potentiality, and the task, of transfiguring itself into a universal subject, transcending its sensations toward their rational meaning, renouncing in itself the particularizing functioning of needs and passions, and acting in such a way that its behavior could function as a law for everyone.
Lingis, A. (1977)., A time to exist on one’s own, in A. Tymieniecka (ed.), The self and the other, Dordrecht, Reidel, pp. 31-40.
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