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What Is a Human?: What the Answers Mean for Human Rights

John H. Evans


For hundreds of years people have debated what a human is. Some claim humans are those with human DNA. Some claim humans are those with certain traits like rationality. Others say humans are those who are made in the image of God. Scholars in this debate think that if society accepts the wrong definition of a human, people will look at their neighbor as more of an animal, object, or machine—making maltreatment more likely. Despite their seriousness, these claims have never been empirically investigated. This book focuses on human rights as exemplary treatment, and shows that the definitions of ... More

Keywords: theological anthropology, anthropology, human nature, human rights, personhood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190608071
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190608071.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John H. Evans, author
Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego