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A. , Frankfurt, 1974). Secondly, it does not seem certain that instinct is uniquely oriented to the survival of the self. Ethology provides us with some good examples of instinctual functioning in animals, which are precisely oriented to the surrender of self-interest to the common interest of the group. A-T. " I think the main point is that this surrender of self-interest on the part of animals is not a conscious function in contradistinction to man, who acts for the sake of the Other quite consciously.

The enormous opening to stimuli or to impressions concerning perceptions (which have no innate function of signaling) undoubtedly represents a heavy load, which must be dominated by means of extremely specialized acts. T:le physical non-specialization of man, his organic mediocrity, and the surprising lack of genuine instincts, join together in a phenomenon, which can be conceptualized as "Weltoffenheit" (M. " 20 Gehlen wonders, and rightly so, how it is possible that such an unspecialized and singulary indigent being is able to survive.

Each ability ranges over various and typologically distinct objects and tasks. The hand can pick up a stone, a hammer, a stick and use anyone of them to pound a peg into the ground. The "I can" pound a peg into the ground selects and defines "material" variants as functions within the range of an ability. Obviously the variants do not exhaust the dimension of an ability, although they constitute phases and extensions of such an ability. While an ability is dimensional and ranges over variants, each ability can take over the functions of other abilities.

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