3. A Rational Animal?
nature – thinking – symbol – spiritual cognition – language
From the point of view of biological and evolutionary sciences, humans are an integral even though a tiny part of living nature. However, having discovered our self-consciousness, we have always rather tended to define ourselves against nature; we seem to be quite a “strange animal”, as J. Sokol writes (Sokol, 2002, p. 23).
E. Coreth outlines the specifics of human behaviour. He adopts Scheler’s notion of “man’s world-openness” and summarises specific signs of human behaviour as follows:
1) The organs non-specialisation within and towards an environment becomes the biggest advantage and “specialisation” (Coreth, 1994, p. 66).
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