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Dying is only human: the case death makes for the immortality of the person

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Roth, Steffen

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Abstract The claim of the present article is that human mortality makes a case for the discovery of the immortal nature of the person. Based on a clear distinction of the concepts of the human being and the person, human beings and persons are considered immortal insofar as both entities evidently do not qualify for a definition as living systems. On the one hand, human beings are presented as neither lifeless nor living systems. On the other hand, persons are introduced as lifeless systems and, as a result, immortal system. This claim is extended by the statement that, even if supposed to be living systems, persons could be considered at least potentially immortal, which is illustrated by a brief and proxy case of the person of Karl Marx.
Keywords human being; mortality; life; death; interaction; social system
Classification Philosophy, Ethics, Religion; General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords human condition; immortality; person
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 37-41
Journal Tamara : Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 11 (2013) 2
ISSN 1532-5555
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works