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Purposes: purposes are imagined situations for the justification of actions which are intended to create these situations. See also goals, action, justification, means, cause, effect.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Ancient Philosophy on Purposes - Dictionary of Arguments

Gadamer I 462
Purposes/Ancient Philosophy/Gadamer: In this thinking there is no talk of a worldless
Gadamer I 463
spirit, that is certain of itself and that would have to seek the path to worldly existence, but both originally belong together. The relationship is the primary one. In the relationship of ends it is so that the mediations by which something is achieved do not by chance prove to be suitable for the attainment of the end, but they are chosen and taken from the outset as appropriate means to the end. The allocation of the means to the end is therefore a priori.
Expediency: We call it expediency, and it is well known that not only reasonable human action is expedient in this way, but also where there is no talk of setting ends and choosing means, as in all living conditions, it is true that they can only be thought of under the idea of expediency, as the reciprocal harmony of all parts with each other(1). Here too the relationship of the whole is more original than the parts.

1. As is well known, Kant's criticism of teleological judgement also leaves this subjective necessity quite intact.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Ancient Philosophy
Gadamer I
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010

Gadamer II
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
German Edition:
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977

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