International Journal of Philosophy, Human & Social Sciences
The concept of «limit» in philosophical thought.
Boundaries of reason and horizons of knowledge
Andrea Gentile e Wilhelm Vossenkuhl
Limit is inherent in every single moment of our life, in the deepest horizon of man’s destination. Man’s being is configured as a «being in the limit». The limit lies in the sphere of existence, in the most real and authentic dimension, in man’s ontological horizon. In the course of the flow of time, our subjectivity continually experiences the dynamism and authenticity of its own limes: the condition proper to man who experiences the dynamism of reality not only in his own conscience, but also and especially in his own «being» and «living in the limit». Limit has both negative and positive meanings. It indicates a lack, a negation, an imperfection, a deprivation, an absence: to be limited means to be imperfect and/or to be deprived of something. But limit does not announce only the negation of something, but also an authentically and profoundly positive meaning: limit does not remain static or stationary, but is dynamic. The dynamism of the limit involves man at the very root of his nature and embraces him entirely in the positive exercise of all the complexity and diversity of his expressions in both the cognitive-rational and the pragmatic-anthropological realms. In any form or degree of reality, the function of limit is to produce limitations: the positivity of limit is rooted in the subjective recognition and immediate awareness of each limitation. In this horizon, the limit and/or the various limits of subjectivity, rationality and human knowledge can be enucleated as we take to examine the being of man: limit takes on a central role in the flow of time, experience, knowledge and human existence.
Thematic areas (possible, not exclusive)
- The concept of «limit» in the history of philosophy
- The limits of reason and the boundaries of knowledge
- Ontology of limit
- Metaphysics of limit
- Philosophy of limit
- Phenomenology of limit
- Epistemology of limit
- Anthropology of limit
Articles should not have been previously published elsewhere and can be written in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. They must not exceed a length of 70.000 characters (spaces included). Every article will include a short synopsis in English (abstract), a summary and a list of keywords. The papers sent to Areté will undergo a double-blind peer review by external reviewers. For quotations, notes etc. please follow the indications given at the link arete.unimarconi.it/submission-policy. Article formats do not include pdf.
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