Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture / Edition 1 by Christian Smith | 9780195162028 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture / Edition 1

Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture / Edition 1

by Christian Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195162021

ISBN-13: 9780195162028

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

What kind of animals are human beings? And how do our visions of the human shape our theories of social action and institutions? In Moral, Believing Animals, Christian Smith advances a creative theory of human persons and culture that offers innovative, challenging answers to these and other fundamental questions in sociological, cultural, and religious

Overview

What kind of animals are human beings? And how do our visions of the human shape our theories of social action and institutions? In Moral, Believing Animals, Christian Smith advances a creative theory of human persons and culture that offers innovative, challenging answers to these and other fundamental questions in sociological, cultural, and religious theory.

Smith suggests that human beings have a peculiar set of capacities and proclivities that distinguishes them significantly from other animals on this planet. Despite the vast differences in humanity between cultures and across history, no matter how differently people narrate their lives and histories, there remains an underlying structure of human personhood that helps to order human culture, history, and narration. Drawing on important recent insights in moral philosophy, epistemology, and narrative studies, Smith argues that humans are animals who have an inescapable moral and spiritual dimension. They cannot avoid a fundamental moral orientation in life and this, says Smith, has profound consequences for how sociology must study human beings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195162028
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1510L (what's this?)

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