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[German Version]

means the maintenance and preservation of human beings by their own efforts, if indeed not all preservation is a divine act. As a human effort, self-preservation is strictly distinct from a so-called natural drive, but still remains conditioned as a conscious self-positing. For individuals who preserve themselves are dependent in any case on an outward and inward nature that sustains them and on association with other individuals. Self-preservation convincingly serves only their self-enhancement primaril…

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Ebeling, Hans, “Self-preservation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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