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Being human : psychological and philosophical perspectives

Author: Richard D Gross
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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While there may be no one single characteristic that differentiates humans as a species, it is the combination of differences from other species that makes us unique. The new edition of Being Human examines the psychology of being human through exploring different psychological traditions alongside philosophy and evolutionary theory, covering themes such as culture, cognition, language, morality, and society. Our  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard D Gross
ISBN: 9780429055003 0429055005 9780429617614 0429617615 9780429619762 0429619766 9780429621918 0429621914
OCLC Number: 1090301544
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction: How should we understand `human nature'?Origins of the concept of `human nature': Views from religion, philosophy, biology, and psychology.The Biology of Human Nature: Genetics and the BrainConsciousness and self-consciousnessCognitive aspects of human nature: the recursive mindBehaviourist and Psychodynamic accounts: People as driven by forces beyond their controlThe Humanistic-phenomenological approach: People as self-determining organismsThe Social Psychology of Good and Evil: Situationism versus DispositionismCulture and human natureThe future of human evolution: From Homo sapiens to gods
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While there may be no one single characteristic that differentiates humans as a species, it is the combination of differences from other species that makes us unique. The new edition of Being Human examines the psychology of being human through exploring different psychological traditions alongside philosophy and evolutionary theory, covering themes such as culture, cognition, language, morality, and society. Our nature - or 'essence' - is something that has preoccupied human beings throughout our history, beginning with philosophy and religion, and continuing through the biological, social, and psychological sciences. Being Human begins by describing some of the major philosophical accounts of human nature, from Ancient Greek philosophers, such as Plato and Aristotle, to major British and Continental philosophers, such as Locke and Nietzsche. The book considers religious accounts of human nature, with their focus on the nature of good and evil, and scientific accounts of genetics and the brain, which underpin the distinctively human cognitive ability of language. Attention then turns to the ideas of the behaviourists, such as Skinner, Freud, and other psychodynamic psychologists, and humanistic-phenomenological psychologists, such as Maslow. Finally, human culture is discussed as the ultimate defining characteristic of human beings: culture represents our 'natural habitat' and what defines us as a species. This updated second edition includes increased coverage of social psychology and has a broader scope, in order to identify the defining characteristics of human beings. With reference to current psychological research and philosophical material, this is fascinating reading for students of psychology, philosophy, and the social sciences.

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