from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See relation.


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  • The I's most original self-relation cannot simply take the form of an original Tathandlung in which the reflecting self (the subject pole of the self-reflection) claims immediate identity with itself as reflected (i.e., as the object pole of the self-reflection).

    Georg Friedrich Philipp von Hardenberg [Novalis] Gjesdal, Kristin 2009

  • Governed by a movement that is anything but self-contained or self-grounding, such a being never presents itself to itself as something it can know as its own creation, which means that self-relation is no longer the distinguishing characteristic of the subject.

    Patriot Acts: The Political Language of Henrich von Kleist 2006

  • Reflections along these lines have led some to conclude that we are bound to come up empty-handed as long as we think of an agent's identification with her motives as a self-relation she is responsible for securing.

    Personal Autonomy Buss, Sarah 2008

  • Nonetheless, as this brief survey indicates, the self-relation they thereby attribute to themselves is extremely difficult to pin down.

    Personal Autonomy Buss, Sarah 2008

  • We humankind with our wits for ever turned inward to ourselves, grieve or exult as we bid ourselves: she, like all other creatures else, was not in that self-relation; her parts were closer-knit, and could not separate to envisage each other.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett 1892

  • Thus, Hegel's self-relation or being - a-one would refer to actual occasions or objectiles, and his relation-to-another-one would refer to prehensions of other entities.

    Larval Subjects . 2009

  • Embodiment in Leaves of Grass "that the lyric persona tropes" his own thought, affect, and activity display [ing] modes of self-relation which are offered to the reader for a kind of subjective reinscription "and that we might read" Is this then a touch? "as a question

    Notes on ''Points of Contact': Blake and Whitman' 2006

  • And all these tricks for logicizing originality, self-relation, absolute process, subjective contradiction, will wither in the breath of the mystical tact; they will swirl down the corridors before the besom of the everlasting Yea. "

    Memories and Studies William James 1876


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