Single Idea 2558

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / A. Basis of a State / 1. A People / a. Human distinctiveness]

Full Idea

Only since Hegel have philosophers begun toying with the idea that the individual apart from his society is just one more animal.

Gist of Idea

Since Hegel we have tended to see a human as merely animal if it is outside a society


Richard Rorty (Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature [1980], 4.3)

Book Reference

Rorty,Richard: 'Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature' [Blackwell 1980], p.192