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Re: [ox-en] "Selbstentfaltung", "self-unfolding" or what?

Hello Marco,

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>

'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" 
(individual/personal selfunfolding).
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

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