Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past

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Wilfred M. McClay
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 02‏/01‏/2007 - 506 من الصفحات
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What does it mean to be a human person? Pervasive, deceptively simple, and basic, this question is not often considered head-on by any but philosophers and contemplatives. Yet it is foundational to how we live in the West today. Our ideas of human rights, law, social welfare, race, education, and a vast number of other conversations about public policy and the common good -- even our distinction between life and death -- are based on the answers we have found to this question. In "Figures in the Carpet" Wilfred McClay adeptly assembles group of essayists -- each highly respected in their field -- attempting to answer the question by examining it from all sides. From the foundation of humanity in depravity to the modern self, the questions of gender and race to the role of religion and other structures, these minds offer their own contemplations designed to inspire us to our own thoughtful and purposeful consideration of the meaning of humanness. This historical inquiry searches for the origins, development, present status, and future of this fragile concept. Much is at stake in the answers to this inquiry, not only for our present and future conceptions of human dignity and integrity, but also for our conduct of public life.
 

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A Neglected Explanatory Category
15
Neglected Resources from
33
Framing the Self in Early New England
71
The Sympathetic Self in American Culture 17501920
129
Gender and Religion
162
Social Selfhood Corporate Humanism
185
The Virtual Self and the Socialization Crisis
232
A Personal Response
265
Ivan Illichs Critique of Modern Medicine
318
Christopher Laschs Journey
347
Religion and Education in the Young Republic
373
A Historical and Theological Problem
405
And What It Tells Us about
428
Changing Perceptions of Marriage
446
What Kind of People Are We? The United States
468
index
497

Wendell Berry and the Agrarian Recovery of the Human Person
290

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