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Vernunft als menschliches Charakteristikum

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Steiner Christian,
Project Vernünftige Fähigkeiten und natürliche Funktionen
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Studia philosophica
Volume (Issue) 72
Title of proceedings Studia philosophica

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


The debate on the anthropological difference concerns the question of how to understand the difference between human beings and (other) animals. On the one hand, assimilationists maintain that human beings differ from other animals in the same way as different kinds of animals differ -- namely, by being merely quantitatively and gradually different. On the other hand, differentialists maintain that human beings not only possess capacities that animals lack, but that (at least some of) these capacities differ qualitatively. According to them, the qualitative difference constitutes two logical realms which human beings and animals separately inhabite.\par This paper tries to defend a differentialist position concerning the anthropolocial difference. It first shows why differentialists need not be conftronted with the Problem of Interaction and then outlines how a differentialistis' account of the anthropolocial difference could look like.