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What is a person? : rethinking humanity, social life, and the moral good from the person up

Author: Christian Smith
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
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The task of understanding human beings, what we ourselves are, our constitution and condition, is a perennial problem in philosophy and related disciplines. Smith argues here that our understanding of human persons is threatened by technological development and capricious academic theories alike, seeking to deny or relativize the personhood of humanity. Smith's book puts a stake in the ground, in defense of a view  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Smith
ISBN: 9780226765945 0226765946
OCLC Number: 751732862
Notes: Originally published: 2010.
Description: x, 518 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Initial arguments --
The emergence of personhood --
Key theoretical resources --
Critical engagements --
The reality of social construction --
Excursus: getting to truth --
Network structuralism's missing persons --
Persons and mechanisms (not) in variables sociology --
Constructive development --
The personal sources of social structures --
The good --
Human dignity --
Postscript.
Responsibility: Christian Smith.

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