Real Persons

The idea of Real Persons is linked to the trialectic variation of many Native American folk-philosophies according to which — in their naturally given state — living beings (not only humans, but animals and plants, too) consist of the balanced (mostly translated as "real", "beautiful" or the like) relation of their tangible (concrete) and intangible (abstract) aspects.

Interference with this harmonious state results in imbalance, the diagnosis and repair of which is a specialists' task. (Note that a distinction between somatic diseases and psychological disorders wouldn't really make sense within such a framework.) Epistemologically this approach is highly interesting because both ideas (Spinoza's ideae) and things (Spinoza's res) can be viewed as complementary aspects of the same phenomena.

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