The Resource On human nature, Roger Scruton

On human nature, Roger Scruton

Label
On human nature
Title
On human nature
Statement of responsibility
Roger Scruton
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In this short book, acclaimed writer and philosopher Roger Scruton presents an original and radical defense of human uniqueness. Confronting the views of evolutionary psychologists, utilitarian moralists, and philosophical materialists such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, Scruton argues that human beings cannot be understood simply as biological objects. We are not only human animals; we are also persons, in essential relation with other persons, and bound to them by obligations and rights. Our world is a shared world, exhibiting freedom, value, and accountability, and to understand it we must address other people face to face and I to I. Scruton develops and defends his account of human nature by ranging widely across intellectual history, from Plato and Averroes to Darwin and Wittgenstein. The book begins with Kant's suggestion that we are distinguished by our ability to say "I"--by our sense of ourselves as the centers of self-conscious reflection. This fact is manifested in our emotions, interests, and relations. It is the foundation of the moral sense, as well as of the aesthetic and religious conceptions through which we shape the human world and endow it with meaning. And it lies outside the scope of modern materialist philosophy, even though it is a natural and not a supernatural fact. Ultimately, Scruton offers a new way of understanding how self-consciousness affects the question of how we should live. The result is a rich view of human nature that challenges some of today's most fashionable ideas about our species."--Dust jacket
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Scruton, Roger
Dewey number
  • 128
  • 190
Index
index present
LC call number
BD450
LC item number
.S38536 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human beings
  • Philosophy
Label
On human nature, Roger Scruton
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A revised version of the three Charles E. Test memorial lectures [the author] gave, under the auspices of the James Madison Program, at Princeton University in fall 2013."--Preface
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Human kind -- Human relations -- The moral life -- Sacred obligations
Control code
ocn958799730
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
151 pages
Isbn
9780691168753
Lccn
2016957094
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)958799730
Label
On human nature, Roger Scruton
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A revised version of the three Charles E. Test memorial lectures [the author] gave, under the auspices of the James Madison Program, at Princeton University in fall 2013."--Preface
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Human kind -- Human relations -- The moral life -- Sacred obligations
Control code
ocn958799730
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
151 pages
Isbn
9780691168753
Lccn
2016957094
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)958799730

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