Moral Believing Animals

Moral  Believing Animals

What follows hinges not only on the model of moral, believing animals developed
earlier, but also (as did the account of human morality in chapter 2) on the
centrality of the problem of human transcendent self-consciousness in a finite, ...

Author: Christian Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199731978

Category: Philosophy

Page: 164

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What kind of animals are human beings? And how do our visions of the human shape our theories of social action and institutions? In Moral, Believing Animals, Christian Smith advances a creative theory of human persons and culture that offers innovative, challenging answers to these and other fundamental questions in sociological, cultural, and religious theory. 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 who have 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.
Categories: Philosophy

Religion

Religion

Sixth and finally, some early readers of this book's manuscript asked me prior to
its publication to explain how the definition of religion advanced above differs
from the definition I proposed in my 2003 book, Moral, Believing Animals: Human
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Author: Christian Smith

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691191645

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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A groundbreaking new theory of religion Religion remains an important influence in the world today, yet the social sciences are still not adequately equipped to understand and explain it. This book advances an innovative theory of religion that goes beyond the problematic theoretical paradigms of the past. Drawing on the philosophy of critical realism and personalist social theory, Christian Smith explores why humans are religious in the first place—uniquely so as a species—and offers an account of secularization and religious innovation and persistence that breaks the logjam in which religious scholarship has been stuck for so long. Certain to stimulate debate and inspire promising new avenues of scholarship, Religion features a wealth of illustrations and examples that help to make its concepts accessible to readers. This superbly written book brings sound theoretical thinking to a perennially thorny subject, and a new vitality and focus to its study.
Categories: Religion

The Moral Background

The Moral Background

Darmstadt: Reichl; Christian Smith. 2003. Moral, Believing Animals: Human
Personhood and Culture. New York: Oxford University Press; Christian Smith.
2010. What is a Person? Rethinking Humanity, Social Life, and the Moral Good
from the ...

Author: Gabriel Abend

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691171128

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

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In recent years, many disciplines have become interested in the scientific study of morality. However, a conceptual framework for this work is still lacking. In The Moral Background, Gabriel Abend develops just such a framework and uses it to investigate the history of business ethics in the United States from the 1850s to the 1930s. According to Abend, morality consists of three levels: moral and immoral behavior, or the behavioral level; moral understandings and norms, or the normative level; and the moral background, which includes what moral concepts exist in a society, what moral methods can be used, what reasons can be given, and what objects can be morally evaluated at all. This background underlies the behavioral and normative levels; it supports, facilitates, and enables them. Through this perspective, Abend historically examines the work of numerous business ethicists and organizations—such as Protestant ministers, business associations, and business schools—and identifies two types of moral background. "Standards of Practice" is characterized by its scientific worldview, moral relativism, and emphasis on individuals' actions and decisions. The "Christian Merchant" type is characterized by its Christian worldview, moral objectivism, and conception of a person's life as a unity. The Moral Background offers both an original account of the history of business ethics and a novel framework for understanding and investigating morality in general.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience

The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience

... MA: Harvard University Press, 1996), 4. 3 Christian Smith, Moral, Believing
Animals: Human Personhood and Culture (New York: Oxford University Press,
2003), 64. 4 McGrath, Twilight of Atheism, 271. 5 Aronson, Living without God, 39
–40.

Author: Jerome P. Baggett

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479874200

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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A fascinating exploration of the breadth of social, emotional, and spiritual experiences of atheists in America Self-identified atheists make up roughly 5 percent of the American religious landscape, comprising a larger population than Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus combined. In spite of their relatively significant presence in society, atheists are one of the most stigmatized groups in the United States, frequently portrayed as immoral, unhappy, or even outright angry. Yet we know very little about what their lives are actually like as they live among their largely religious, and sometimes hostile, fellow citizens. In this book, Jerome P. Baggett listens to what atheists have to say about their own lives and viewpoints. Drawing on questionnaires and interviews with more than five hundred American atheists scattered across the country, The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience uncovers what they think about morality, what gives meaning to their lives, how they feel about religious people, and what they think and know about religion itself. Though the wider public routinely understands atheists in negative terms, as people who do not believe in God, Baggett pushes readers to view them in a different light. Rather than simply rejecting God and religion, atheists actually embrace something much more substantive—lives marked by greater integrity, open-mindedness, and progress. Beyond just talking about or to American atheists, the time is overdue to let them speak for themselves. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in joining the conversation.
Categories: Religion

The Princeton Seminary Bulletin

The Princeton Seminary Bulletin

52 We are indeed self - conscious animals , and as such we not only have
experiences , pleasures , pains , and beliefs , but we ... 56 Smith further develops
his model of the moral , believing animals by also focusing on what he has called
the ...

Author: Princeton Theological Seminary

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105131547551

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Vols. for 1907/1908-1936/1937: no. 1, Commencement issue, no. 2, Necrology report, no. 3, News, no. 4, Catalogue; v. for 1937/1938-1938/1939: no. 1, 3, News, no. 2, Bulletin of courses, no. 4, Catalogue; v. for 1939/1940-1944/1945: no. 1, 4, News, no. 2, Bulletin of courses, no. 3, Catalogue; v. for 1945/1946: no. 1, Bulletin of courses, no. 2, 4, News, no. 3, Catalogue; v. for 1946/1947-1952/1953: no. 1, 3, 4, News, no. 2, Catalogue.
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Christian Scholar s Review

Christian Scholar s Review

We need more scholarship like Christian Smith's Moral, Believing Animals," and it
may be the post-positivism of postmodernism that paves the way for such
scholarship into the mainstream of social science. How much better if such work
were ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105133524905

Category: Christianity

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Categories: Christianity

First Things

First Things

Budziszewski adduces four " witnesses ” to testify to the human capacity for
certain moral knowledge : " deep conscience ” ( synderesis ) , design as such ,
our own design as human beings , and Moral , Believing Animals Moral .
Believing ...

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Category: Religion and politics

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Categories: Religion and politics

The Animal s Defender and Zoophilist

The Animal s Defender and Zoophilist

know when I say the moral sense of this nation is rising science of the public was
being awakened with regard to the ... the beasts of sideration for animal life ,
because the movement embraced the field , but it is our impressive belief that that
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ISBN: UOM:39015023162194

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Animal Individuality

Animal Individuality

Animal Acts : Configuring the Human in Western History . London : Routledge . ...
Heidegger and the Question of Animal Welfare ” . Environmental Ethics 22 : 3 . ...
Moral , Believing Animals : Human Personbood and Culture . Oxford : Oxford ...

Author: Elisa Aaltola

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ISBN: UOM:39015069161035

Category: Animals (Philosophy)

Page: 322

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Categories: Animals (Philosophy)

Zygon

Zygon

MORAL , BELIEVING ANIMALS Humans are animals — biological creatures
having risen to our current state through millions of years of hominid evolution .
Humans are peculiar animals in that we always have a normative attitude toward
our ...

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ISBN: UOM:49015003466126

Category: Religion and science

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Categories: Religion and science

Tikkun

Tikkun

Believing Animals Animals Human Personhood and Culture Christian Smith
Oxford University Press , 2003 Humans have an inescapable moral dimension ,
and the study of human life must include a study of our moral proclivities .
Sociologist ...

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ISBN: UVA:X006197470

Category: Jews

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Categories: Jews

Moral Selves Evil Selves

Moral Selves  Evil Selves

Moral Selves , Evil Selves is a crucial contribution to the development of this
obviously needed field . ” — Christian Smith , author of Moral , Believing Animals
( Oxford 2003 ) People have strong moral beliefs about right and wrong , yet ...

Author: Steven Hitlin

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: UCSC:32106019982682

Category: Philosophy

Page: 269

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People have strong moral beliefs about right and wrong, yet commonly act contrary to those beliefs. Most of us, at some time or another, have crossed a moral line and yet still view ourselves as moral and have a clean conscience. From intimate relationships to national politics, we define ourselves in large part by how we – and our friends, family, and members of our social groups – draw moral lines around our actions, thoughts, and intentions. While philosophers have weighed in on these issues for thousands of years, social scientists often underplay social life’s moral dimension. Moral Selves, Evil Selves highlights our individual sense of moral coherence and develops a theory of the development and maintenance of this sense in an ambiguous and complicated social world. By conceptualizing a social psychology of conscience, this book explains how we can properly include individual and societal notions of morality into understanding the self across time and situation.
Categories: Philosophy

Smith , Christian , Moral , Believing Animals , Oxford : Oxford University Press ,
2003 . Saint Augustine ' s Confessions . 1991 . Translated by Henry Chadwick ,
New York : Oxford University Press , 2003 . Stark , Rodney and Roger Finke ,
Acts ...

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ISBN: IND:30000116439161

Category: Conflict management

Page: 679

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Categories: Conflict management

British and Foreign Medico chirurgical Review

British and Foreign Medico chirurgical Review

While believing , with the phrenologists , that certain of the lower animals exhibit ,
in some degree , all of these . mental ... There is good ground for believing that
certain of the domestic animals possess what is known as “ the moral sense ” or ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015076700874

Category: Medicine

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Categories: Medicine

American Evangelicalism

American Evangelicalism

The book is sure to provoke lively debate over the state of religious practice in contemporary America.

Author: Christian Smith

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226764192

Category: Religion

Page: 310

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Based on a national telephone survey and more than 300 personal interviews with evangelicals and other churchgoing Protestants, this study provides a detailed analysis of the commitments, beliefs, concerns, and practices of this thriving group. The book is sure to provoke lively debate over the state of religious practice in contemporary America.
Categories: Religion

Today s Moral Issuse

Today s Moral Issuse

Second, the present approach also retains our intuitive belief that there can be no
question of weighing animal suffering against the suffering of a human being.
Since animals are still denied moral standing, on this contractualist account, they
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Author: Bonevak

Publisher: Mayfield Publishing Company

ISBN: 0767406133

Category: Social Science

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Categories: Social Science

What Is a Person

What Is a Person

In this ambitious book, Smith presents a new model for social theory that does justice to the best of our humanistic visions of people, life, and society.

Author: Christian Smith

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226765938

Category: Social Science

Page: 544

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What is a person? This fundamental question is a perennial concern of philosophers and theologians. But, Christian Smith here argues, it also lies at the center of the social scientist’s quest to interpret and explain social life. In this ambitious book, Smith presents a new model for social theory that does justice to the best of our humanistic visions of people, life, and society. Finding much current thinking on personhood to be confusing or misleading, Smith finds inspiration in critical realism and personalism. Drawing on these ideas, he constructs a theory of personhood that forges a middle path between the extremes of positivist science and relativism. Smith then builds on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, and William Sewell to demonstrate the importance of personhood to our understanding of social structures. From there he broadens his scope to consider how we can know what is good in personal and social life and what sociology can tell us about human rights and dignity. Innovative, critical, and constructive, What Is a Person? offers an inspiring vision of a social science committed to pursuing causal explanations, interpretive understanding, and general knowledge in the service of truth and the moral good.
Categories: Social Science

The Journal of Psychological Medicine

The Journal of Psychological Medicine

While believing , with the phrenologists , that certain of the lower animals exhibit ,
in some degree , all of these mental ... There is good ground for believing that
certain of the domestic animals possess what is known as “ the moral sense , " or
 ...

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ISBN: OXFORD:555016280

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Review of Religious Research

Review of Religious Research

A Longitudinal Study of Changes in Religious Belief and Behavior as a Function
of Individual Differences in Adult Attachment Style . " Journal for the Scientific
Study of ... Moral , Believing Animals : Human Personhood and Culture . New
York ...

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ISBN: UVA:X030049504

Category: Religion

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Categories: Religion