2018-01Thematic Section
Finding Our Way Back to the Personal through Etymology

Abstract:

Modernity has made “person” a problematic term. By tracing the etymology of several common words whose origin pre-dates the scientific revolution – “intend,” “know,” “moment,” “deliberate,” and “true” – we can discern some of the sensibilities upon which a systematic recovery of the personal might best be based.

Keywords:

etymology, person, pre-scientific

How to cite:

Prust, Richard C. “Finding Our Way Back to the Personal through Etymology.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 2, no. 1(3) (2018): 17–23. https://doi.org/10.26319/3913.

Author:

Richard C. Prust
St. Andrews University (North Carolina)

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