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Ask yourself or others these questions: 


  • Who is talking?

  • Who is being responsible?

  • Who is acting/doing?

  • Who is telling?

  • Who is remembering?


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?


Who is talking?

who is allowed by whom to talk?

who dares to talk?

who wants to talk?

who is scared to talk?


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?


Who is acting?

Who can act? Do?

Who is allowed to act? Do?

Who dares to act? Do?

Who wants to act? Do?


Who is telling?

Who can tell?

Who is allowed to tell?

Who dares to tell?

Who wants to tell?


Who is remembering?

Who can remember?

Who is allowed to

Who dares to remember?

Who wants to remember?



 Contemplate the characters below as capable, operative people.

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