Perfectibility, perfection, perfectionism – from the tangible to the intangible. A philosophical approach

Author: Iulia Mureșan-Man

Perfectibility, perfection, and perfectionism are three distinct concepts in philosophy that are often analyzed in relation to human development, morality and concepts of the good. Perfectibility reflects the ability to progress, perfection is the ideal state free from defect and perfectionism represents the attitude or perspective of rigorously pursuing this perfection. Starting from perspectives that have given special importance to the achievement of perfection or high standards in various areas of human life, in this paper we will argue that human perfection should be based on perfectibility, without necessarily seeking perfection, which is inaccessible to the human individual. Thus, man could enjoy the road to personal improvement without falling into the trap of unrealistic perfectionism.