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Moral, Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture

Christian Smith


What kind of animals are human beings? And how do our visions of the human shape our theories of social action and institutions? This book offers answers to these and other fundamental questions in sociological, cultural, and religious theories. The research for this book is based on the assumption (unfashionable in certain circles) that human beings have an identifiable and peculiar set of capacities and proclivities that distinguishes them significantly from other animals on this planet. It argues that all people are at bottom believers, whose lives, actions, and institutions are constituted ... More

Keywords: animals, human beings, capacities, proclivities, narrative, moral

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195162028
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162028.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Smith, author
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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