What is the Human Being?

Author: Patrick R. Frierson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135090807
Category: Philosophy
Page: 336
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Philosophers, anthropologists and biologists have long puzzled over the question of human nature. It is also a question that Kant thought about deeply and returned to in many of his writings. In this lucid and wide-ranging introduction to Kant’s philosophy of human nature - which is essential for understanding his thought as a whole - Patrick R. Frierson assesses Kant’s theories and examines his critics. He begins by explaining how Kant articulates three ways of addressing the question ‘what is the human being?’: the transcendental, the empirical, and the pragmatic. He then considers some of the great theorists of human nature who wrestle with Kant’s views, such as Hegel, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, and Freud; contemporary thinkers such as E.O.Wilson and Daniel Dennett, who have sought biological explanations of human nature; Thomas Kuhn, Michel Foucault, and Clifford Geertz, who emphasize the diversity of human beings in different times and places; and existentialist philosophers such as Sartre and Heidegger. He argues that whilst these approaches challenge and enrich Kant’s views in significant ways, all suffer from serious weaknesses that Kant’s anthropology can address. Taking a core insight of Kant’s - that human beings are fundamentally free but finite - he argues that it is the existentialists, particularly Sartre, who are the most direct heirs of his transcendental anthropology. The final part of the book is an extremely helpful overview of the work of contemporary philosophers, particularly Christine Korsgaard and Jürgen Habermas. Patrick R. Frierson explains how these philosophers engage with questions of naturalism, historicism, and existentialism while developing Kantian conceptions of the human being. Including chapter summaries and annotated further reading, What is the Human Being? is an outstanding introduction to some fundamental aspects of Kant’s thought and a judicious assessment of leading theories of human nature. It is essential reading for all students of Kant and the philosophy of human nature, as well as those in related disciplines such as anthropology, politics and sociology.

A Philosophy of the Human Being

Author: Julian A. Davies
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761845164
Category: Philosophy
Page: 162
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This book is an accessible text that explores what it means to be human. It is designed for an introductory course in Philosophy of the Human Being and contains an abundance of current examples, with embedded quotations from philosophers and selections from contemporary writers following the chapters. The author provides an introduction to philosophy, then discusses the topics of human sociability, intelligence, freedom, duality, individuality and immortality. He concludes by highlighting the contrast between realism and materialism. This systematic approach focuses on issues, with a minimum of metaphysical superstructure and jargon, and provides connections between the readings.

The Way of the Human Being

Author: Calvin Martin
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300085525
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
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In this volume, Calvin Luther Martin proposes that the Europeans learned what they wished to learn from the native Americans, not what the Americans actually meant. Drawing on his own experience with native people and on their stories, he offers the reader a different conceptual landscape.

The Human Being

A Theological Anthropology
Author: Hans Schwarz
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802870880
Category: Religion
Page: 402
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This overview of Christian anthropology by Hans Schwarz uniquely emphasizes three things: (1) the biblical testimony, (2) the historical unfolding of Christian anthropology through the centuries, and (3) the present affirmation of Christian anthropology in view of rival options and current scientific evidence. Schwarz begins by elucidating the special place occupied by human beings in the world, then ponders the complex issue of human freedom, and concludes by investigating humanity as a community of men and women in this world and in the world beyond. While maintaining a strong biblical orientation, Schwarz draws on a wide range of resources, including philosophy and the natural sciences, in order to map out what it means to be human. Schwarz's Human Being will interest anyone who is concerned with how in the face of fascinating scientific insights we can intelligently talk today about human sinfulness, human freedom, and human beings as children of the God who created us.

Unsuspecting Souls

The Disappearance of the Human Being (Large Print 16pt)
Author: Barry Sanders
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458784134
Page: 524
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In Unsuspecting Souls, Barry Sanders examines modern societys indifference to the individual. Beginning with the Industrial Revolution, when care for human beings began to disappear slowly, and ending with the modern era, when societal events require less person-to-person interaction and introduce radical changes in common attitudes toward death and life, Sanders laments that what makes us most human is slowly dying. Our days are filled with a continuous bombardment of ''information'' that demands our attention and brings us out of our world and into a sterile one of inhumanity and abstraction. Weve also lost the original sense of a collective consciousness. This loss has been culminating for two centuries now, dating back to the rise of European powers and worldwide colonization. We pick our poisons among several forms of radical fundamentalisms, each one not only a threat to the other but a threat to humanity itself. From references of Edgar Allan Poe to Abu Ghraib, this is a fascinating and worrisome story, impeccably researched and compellingly written.

The Human Being in History

Freedom, Power, and Shared Ontological Meaning
Author: Héctor Daniel Dei
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739106853
Category: History
Page: 134
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The Human Being in History affirms the ontological dignity of the human being, arguing that the challenges posed by the twenty-first century are not just political, economic, and social, but existential and metaphysical. In the face of these challenges, philosophy must show how to confront issues in a new way: not as problems that admit technical resolution, but as questions which involve openness to meaning and which demand the exercise of freedom.

Understanding the Human Being

Selected Writings of Rudolf Steiner
Author: Rudolf Steiner
Publisher: James Currey Publishers
ISBN: 9781855840058
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 206
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This carefully selected anthology of works by Rudolf Steiner provides a panoramic view of his fundamental ideas in a wide range of topics. Sections include The Nature of the Human Being, From Death to Rebirth, Destiny and Inner Reality, Experiences of Christ, Coming Events, Reordering of Society, Philosophical Foundations, Natural Science and Spiritual Science, Renewal of the Arts, The Path of Development, and In Daily Life.

The Human Being The Mind Consciousness Body And The Emotional Body

Author: J. Chambers
Publisher: BalboaPress
ISBN: 1452591679
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: N.A
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For an IndividualSELF to experience life, there must be a Mind. All life experiences are a manifestation of this one basic substance from which all things created originated. || Effective application of a Mind is dependent on the method of thinking. Thinking forms beliefs and conclusions as living energies and vibrations within your IndividualSELF and the environment you participate within. || SOURCE definition of the purpose of the HigherSELF Mind is to create UNIVERSAL mental values of quality that have lasting worth aligned with UNIVERSAL TRUTH. || An IndividualSELF must understand the Physical Body is the result of vibration creation, which evolves from mental thoughts and emotion energies. || In presenting the content within the book, my IndividualSELF desire is to provide UNIVERSAL Creation Principles Of Life foundation knowledge from my Human life experiences and guidance from SOURCE. || www.IndividualSELF.com ||

My Memories About the Human Being

Life and Its Contradictions
Author: Celly Luyinduladio
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 146910072X
Category: Education
Page: 110
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The Path of the Human Being

Zen Teachings on the Bodhisattva Way
Author: Dennis Genpo Merzel
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834826540
Category: Religion
Page: 256
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Dennis Merzel, one of the most highly regarded American Zen teachers, explains how meditation can gradually lead us to becoming more and more familiar with our minds, allowing us to better understand ourselves and the nature of human life. He explores the practice of meditation in depth, as well as a range of related topics including: connecting meditation practice to everyday life, understanding central Zen concepts, working with a teacher, and practicing meditation in the midst of difficult times.

Humanitaria- and the Future of the Human Being

Author: Mick Santullano
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781462823390
Category: Philosophy
Page: 294
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HUMANITARIA will not be like any other book you have ever read before. Open these pages and be prepared to have your thoughts and imagination taken on a wild adventure. An adventure about your self and your world around you. In our world presently, people are experiencing a lot of considerations about self-understanding, their relations with other people, the goals of their country, religion, morality, and world cooperation. Also, about, how they feel about things in the world, and what kind of person they are and want to be. Explore the natural equations responsible for the progress of the human being, and civilization over time. Discover refreshed new meanings of self-contentment, love, and life. Experience long sought understandings into the nature and possibilities of spirituality. All this presented in an exciting and provocative manner through artistic verse. HUMANITARIA is original, and created to reveal progressive ideas and thoughts that may appear new or that some people may have had, but at this point have rarely shared.

The Human Being, the World and God

Studies at the Interface of Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mind and Neuroscience
Author: Anne L.C. Runehov
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319443925
Category: Philosophy
Page: 186
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This book offers a philosophical analysis of what it is to be a human being in all her aspects. It analyses what is meant by the self and the I and how this feeling of a self or an I is connected to the brain. It studies specific cases of brain disorders, based on the idea that in order to understand the common, one has to study the specific. The book shows how the self is thought of as a three-fold emergent self, comprising a relationship between an objective neural segment, a subjective neural segment and a subjective transcendent segment. It explains that the self in the world tackles philosophical problems such as the problem of free will, the problem of evil, the problem of human uniqueness and empathy. It demonstrates how the problem of time also has its place here. For many people, the world includes ultimate reality; hence the book provides an analysis and evaluation of different relationships between human beings and Ultimate Reality (God). The book presents an answer to the philosophical problem of how one could understand divine action in the world.

The Human Being in Contemporary Philosophical Conceptions

Author: Nikolay Omelchenko
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443808415
Category: Philosophy
Page: 355
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This book is a collection of the selected proceedings of the 4th International Conference “Human Being in Contemporary Philosophical Conceptions,” which was held under the patronage of UNESCO at Volgograd State University (Russia) on May 28–31, 2007. In the letter to the organizers, Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura wrote: “I should like to congratulate you on this important initiative to promote philosophical reflection, which is one of the central objectives of UNESCO’s Intersectoral Strategy on Philosophy.” There is an interesting fact: the 19th World Congress of Philosophy in Moscow (1993) had no session on philosophical anthropology, the next Congress in Boston (1998) had one such session, the 21st Congress of Philosophy in Istanbul (2003) had already four sessions, and the 22nd World Congress of Philosophy in Seoul (2008) had six sessions on philosophical anthropology. Obviously, we may observe a new anthropological renaissance in contemporary thought. This book serves the philosophical anthropology becoming as well. Perhaps an idea of integral studies is the most attractive trend in the contemporary philosophy and science. The book presents an experience in integral philosophy of human being. Also, the development of philosophical anthropology is closely connected with practical tasks. Our political activities, welfare projects and educational programs can become really useful only when we are guided by knowledge of what human being is, what we are able to do, what are own needs, and what we must become. Philosophical anthropology could correctly define the research purposes of all human sciences. This volume includes various reflexions and styles of thinking. By this, all the papers demonstrate metaphysics of respect for human being. The contributors, scholars from the different countries, are open for free discussions and fresh ideas.

A Human Being Died that Night

A South African Woman Confronts the Legacy of Apartheid
Author: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618446599
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 193
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A clinical psychologist and member of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission describes how she met in a maximum security prision with Eugene de Kock, "Dr. Death," the notorious commander of apartheid death squads.

The Human Being as a Logical Thinker

Author: Noel Balzer
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789051835205
Category: Philosophy
Page: 148
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The aim of this book is to explain human rationality. The fundamental principles of human thought are stated in terms of Balzer's Principles, and their operations in everyday life are illustrated. The natural numbers are defined and explained in a fresh fashion. Paradoxes, including those of class theory and material implication, which have signaled that all is not well in our logical systems, are laid to rest here. The explanation of human rationality has more than logical interest, for it touches upon the human values embedded in our rationality. The book carries the message that all human beings are fundamentally equal.

The Human Being

Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of the Man
Author: Walter Wink
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishing
ISBN: 9780800632625
Category: Religion
Page: 356
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A professor of biblical interpretations uses the epithet "the son of the man" to explore not only early Christology but also the anthropology articulated in the gospels. He explores how Jesus' self-referential phrase came to be universalized as the "Human Being" or "Truly Human One".

Being a Human Being

A Basic Guide for Understanding Human Nature
Author: Alan M. Henley
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781438959122
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 108
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Originally written for young people, ‘Being a Human Being’ is , in fact, a book for all ages. Designed as a curriculum to teach his sons important lessons that he felt were missed in the conventional school system, the author, Alan Henley, conveys concepts and wisdom gleaned from decades of searching for truth as well from the challenging experience of parenting teenagers. This writing has enjoyed an enthusiastic reception from educators, counselors, parents, and the general reader who may be seeking self-understanding. Being written with the young teenager in mind, the subject matter is presented in a clear, concise, easy-to-understand manner. ‘Being a Human Being’ helps us to deepen our awareness and understanding of our tho ughts and actions as well as paving the road toward self-acceptance and true peace of mind.

The Subject of Human Being

Author: Christopher W. Haley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317283171
Category: Philosophy
Page: 290
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The Subject of Human Being presents a sweeping account of the nature of human existence. As a work of philosophical anthropology, the analysis ranges from the basic powers emerging from the mind, to our extraordinary psychological capacities, to the shared sociocultural worlds we inhabit. The book integrates different perspectives on social ontology from a selection of philosophers and theorists, whose advances toward understanding the relationship between individuals and society ought to revolutionize social theory as understood and practiced in the social sciences and humanities. Although grounded in critical realist philosophy of Roy Bhaskar and the social theory of Margaret Archer, the book also draws from philosophy of mind, phenomenology of consciousness, psychoanalytic theory, virtue ethics, and personalism to support and extend its arguments. Four elements of human existence are examined: the nature of consciousness, agency, subjectivity, and the social world. Thus, it addresses related issues of power, the agent-structure problem, the formation of beliefs and desires, human universals, and human rights. Portraying a unified social theory that is materialist, realist, dialectical, and centered on emergence, and offering a comprehensive and progressive theory of human being, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of critical realism, philosophy, and the social sciences.