David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford University Press (2003)
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.
|Keywords||Philosophical anthropology Sociology Philosophy|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
|Buy the book||$10.18 new (76% off) $17.11 direct from Amazon (15% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||BD450.S555 2003|
|ISBN(s)||0199731977 0195162021 9780195162028|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Arne Rasmusson (2009). Neuroethics as a Brain-Based Philosophy of Life: The Case of Michael S. Gazzaniga. Neuroethics 2 (1):3-11.
Robert H. Holden (2009). The Public University's Unbearable Defiance of Being. Educational Philosophy and Theory 41 (5):575-591.
Iddo Tavory (2011). The Question of Moral Action: A Formalist Position. Sociological Theory 29 (4):272 - 293.
Similar books and articles
Lisa Bortolotti (2006). Moral Rights and Human Culture. Ethical Perspectives 13 (4):603-620.
Alejandra Mancilla (2009). Nonhuman Animals in Adam Smith's Moral Theory. Between the Species 9.
Tom L. Beauchamp (1999). The Failure of Theories of Personhood. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 9 (4):309-324.
Erica Fudge (1999/2002). Perceiving Animals: Humans and Beasts in Early Modern English Culture. University of Illinois Press.
Robert Spaemann (2006). Persons: The Difference Between 'Someone' and 'Something'. Oxford University Press.
Paul Shapiro (2006). Moral Agency in Other Animals. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 27 (4):357-373.
Paola Cavalieri (2001). The Animal Question: Why Nonhuman Animals Deserve Human Rights. Oxford University Press.
Jeff McMahan (2005). “Our Fellow Creatures”. Journal of Ethics 9 (3-4):353 - 380.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads13 ( #127,289 of 1,101,878 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #306,556 of 1,101,878 )
How can I increase my downloads?