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Title: Person-Being, or Person-Becoming?
Subtitle: On the Mode of Being of the Person in Max Scheler's Phenomenology
Author(s): ZHANG, Wei
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Volume: 82 Issue: 4 Date: 2020
Starting from the famous debate as to whether or not the person in Max Scheler’s phenomenology is a substance, I propose to interpret the concept of person-being as an 'act-substance'. In addition, in the light of the 'ordo amoris' qua 'act-substance', I further discuss the mode of being determining the person, namely 'person-becoming', which is essentially connected to the 'individual determination' and 'self-love' of the person. And I suggest that, only via the 'individual determination' and 'self-love' of the person will 'person-becoming' become possible. Fundamentally speaking, the most actual mode of being of the person is the dynamic 'person-becoming' rather than some static 'person-being'.