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Being, Humanity, and Understanding

G. E. R. Lloyd


This book explores the variety of ideas and assumptions that humans have entertained concerning three main topics, first being, or what there is, secondly humanity – what makes a human being a human – and thirdly understanding, namely both of the world and of one another. Amazingly diverse views have been held on these issues by different individuals and collectivities in both ancient and modern times. The aim is to juxtapose the evidence available from ethnography and from the study of ancient societies, both to describe that diversity and to investigate the problems it poses. Many of the ide ... More

Keywords: ontology, humanity, modes of understanding, morality, relativism, incommensurability, philosophy of language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654727
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654727.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. E. R. Lloyd, author
University of Cambridge