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Life, Form of
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In the biological sense, the term “life form” can refer to any conceivable form of life (plant, animal or human); however in the narrower anthropological or ethical sense, the more appropriate expression is “form of life,” which serves as an umbrella term for the various manifestations of specifically human life. The term is used in the latter sense, which is also the sense in which it is used (as Lebensform) in the history of philosophy, by F.D.E. Schleiermacher in his Psychologie. Here form of life means the specific shape of human society in its dependency…

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Stroh, Ralf, “Life, Form of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12749>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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