Philosophischer Perfektionismus als Kritik des sozialen Perfektionierungsdrangs: Interdisziplinär sortierende Überlegungen

Translated title of the contribution: Perfectionism in philosophy as a critique of perfectionism in society: Interdisciplinary considerations

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Abstract

The essay provides a critical overview of the discussion of perfection in the social sciences and contrasts it with the one in philosophy. How can the practice of self-optimization be criticized by the same subjects who promote it themselves? Common criticisms of perfection sometimes address neither subjects nor structures, but remain with placeless “regimes” or “dispositifs”. This allows self-victimization without stepping on anyone's toes. The essay presents another variant of this toothless critical strategy, which is not directed against perfection per se, but itself based on a different idea of perfection - on the humanistic idea of ​​human growth. This idea connects Aristotle with Rousseau, and virtue ethics with egalitarianism. The proposed “balance model” can indicate when improvements are beneficial for subjects and when or why they become problematic, and thus help us escape some conceptual deadlocks.
Translated title of the contributionPerfectionism in philosophy as a critique of perfectionism in society: Interdisciplinary considerations
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationPerfektionierung
Subtitle of host publicationZürcher Begegnungen
EditorsHeite Catrin, Christoph Henning, Veronika Magyar-Haas
Place of PublicationWiesbaden
PublisherSpringer
Chapter1
Pages19-44
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-658-30384-6
ISBN (Print)3658303832
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2023

Keywords

  • Equality
  • perfection, flourishing, education, social philosophy, Aristotelianism, Rousseau

Cite this