progressive accumulation of variations by the individual [de l’individu]; it is, so to speak, a moment in the evolution of life [l’évolution vitale] that acts to differentiate living beings through increasingly distanciating them the ones from the others… … a description which already seems to distinguish
’s argument is that bestiality simpliciter refers only to the empirical fact that one does not have anything to do with other people. It refers to a way of life. So, if one is bestial simpliciter —bestial without qualification, living in complete solitude—he is by definition not political. This much is
life. 4 According to Aristotle, human perfection, good life, and happiness means alife-long activity of the rational part of the soul in accordance to virtue and, as is well-known, this can be reached in two ways: either by living an active life that is based on practical reason, or by livinga
things, but living things “ make their appearance ” in self-display.
Humans specifically, though, neither specifically appear nor display, but present themselves through active, conscious choices of showing themselves. As a result, self-presentation “is open to hypocrisy and pretense.”
bodily experience which finds its core analysis in the connections of motivations and directedness. Phenomenology makes a return or reversion ( Abbau ) to the basic structure of the living present ( lebendige Gegenwart ), and by means of this it gets to the original stream of the life of subjectivity, to
uncontrolled and unchecked manner.
(3) The environment in which leveling unfolds unimpeded is the public . This indeterminate collective is not a real community, but rather it is an anonymous abstraction which flourishes when community life is in decay. Although the public does not constitute a space in
the two can humankind hope to heal a ravaged Earth and ensure preservation of life. I selected this myth to analyze in detail for multiple reasons: First, it resides deep within my own cultural heritage, in-forming my own psyche as much as any other ancient tale. Second, this myth is central to the