Re: [ox-en] "Selbstentfaltung", "self-unfolding" or what?
- From: "Florian v. Samson" <fsamson unix-ag.uni-kl.de>
- Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 17:49:13 +0100
On Wed, Jan 02, 2002 at 03:51:27PM [PHONE NUMBER REMOVED], Marco Ermini wrote:
On Sat, 22 Dec 2001 18:16:19 -0500 (EST), Graham Seaman <graham seul.org>
'Humanistic radicalism is radical questioning guided by insight into the
dynamics of man's nature; and by concern for man's growth and full
So 'unfolding' in this sense isn't new to English after all. But it
does lead to another question: why 'self'? In the discussion of the
term on this list (ie. en-) it seemd to be necessary to explain that it
didn't refer to purely isolated individuals, or was not possible for
isolated individuals, but was something social (since the 'self-' implied
not being social, which was also the problem with 'self-development').
This is an important point, as I never liked the prefix "Selbst" in
"Selbstentfaltung" very much. You expressed the problem I had with
that prefix very clearly.
This became even more obvious, when I read Stefan Mn. writing on the
german mailing list about "indiviluelle/persoenliche Selbstentfaltung"
In my opinion the more generic term "unfolding" is far better. To
express what "selfunfolding" should mean, "personal unfolding" would
be appropiate. But don't we also want a new society to "unfold", didn't
OSS already "unfold"?
This would also fit into the picture we drew with the "Keimform-These":
A seed, which unfolds, sprouts and finally blossoms.
P.S.: I think the same thoughts are appliciable to the german terms