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What's left of human nature? : a post-essentialist, pluralist, and interactive account of a contested concept

Author: Maria E Kronfeldner
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2018]
Series: Life and mind.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Human nature has always been a foundational issue for philosophy. What does it mean to have a human nature? Is the concept the relic of a bygone age? What is the use of such a concept? What are the epistemic and ontological commitments people make when they use the concept? In What's Left of Human Nature? Maria Kronfeldner offers a philosophical account of human nature that defends the concept against contemporary  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maria E Kronfeldner
ISBN: 9780262038416 0262038412
OCLC Number: 1029800762
Description: xxxii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: What's at Issue --
I. Three Challenges. The Dehumanization Challenge ; The Darwinian Challenge ; The Developmentalist Challenge --
II. Three Natures : A Post-Essentialist, Pluralist, and Interactive Reply to the Three Challenges. Genealogy, the Classificatory Nature, and Channels of Inheritance ; Toward a Descriptive Human Nature ; The Stability of Human Nature ; An Explanatory Nature ; Causal Selection and How Human Nature Is Thereby Made --
III. Normativity, Essential Contestedness, and the Quest for Elimination. Humanism and Normativity ; Should We Eliminate the Language of Human Nature?
Series Title: Life and mind.
Responsibility: Maria Kronfeldner.

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