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About Homo Capax:​

According to the French philosopher Ricœur, to exist is to act: speaking, doing, telling, and assuming responsibility for the act committed.  Homo Capax is based on the proposition of a capable, operative person. People are responsible for their actions.

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The Five Questions of Homo Capax:​

The concept of Homo Capax by Paul Ricœur (1913-2005) can be summed up in five questions and elaborated more through new question using auxiliary verbs – and negations: 

Who is talking? Being Responsible? Acting? Telling? Remembering?

Who is not allowed to talk, be responsible, act, tell, remember – and why? What are the obstacles?

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Who is talking?

who is allowed by whom to talk?

who dares to talk?

who wants to talk?

who is scared to talk?

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Who is being responsible?

who is responsible for whom?

what is the role of the teacher?

what is the role of the parent / legal guardian?

what is the role of the child?

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Who is acting?

Who can act? Do?


Who is allowed to act? Do?


Who dares to act? Do?


Who wants to act? Do?

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Who is telling?

Who can tell?


Who is allowed to tell?


Who dares to tell?


Who wants to tell?

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Who is remembering?

Who can remember?


Who is allowed to
remember?


Who dares to remember?


Who wants to remember?

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 Contemplate the characters below as capable, operative people.