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The Resource Moral, believing animals : human personhood and culture, Christian Smith

Moral, believing animals : human personhood and culture, Christian Smith

Label
Moral, believing animals : human personhood and culture
Title
Moral, believing animals
Title remainder
human personhood and culture
Statement of responsibility
Christian Smith
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 with 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. Similarly, humans cannot escape living by one or another sacred narrative, and this too has important implications for sociology. Along the way, Smith advances a sustained critique of rational choice theory, sociobiology, and other accounts of human social life drawn from the naturalistic, antimentalist, noncultural tradition of Western social theory as badly misunderstanding the character of the human animal. By contrast, this work argues that all people are at bottom believers whose lives, actions, and institutions are constituted, motivated, and governed by narrative traditions and moral orders on which they inescapably depend." "This approach - which has profound consequences for how we think about knowledge, culture, social action, institutions, religion, and the task of the social sciences - will be of interest to scholars in sociology, social theory, religious and cultural studies, psychology, and anthropology."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
301
Index
index present
LC call number
BD450
LC item number
.S555 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Moral, believing animals : human personhood and culture, Christian Smith
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. Human culture(s) as moral order(s) -- 3. Believing animals -- 4. Living narratives -- 5. On religion -- 6. The return of culture? -- 7. Conclusion
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
vi, 164 p.
Isbn
9780195162028
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002154507
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)ocm51098118
Label
Moral, believing animals : human personhood and culture, Christian Smith
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. Human culture(s) as moral order(s) -- 3. Believing animals -- 4. Living narratives -- 5. On religion -- 6. The return of culture? -- 7. Conclusion
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
vi, 164 p.
Isbn
9780195162028
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002154507
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)ocm51098118

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    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
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