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Being HumanEthics, Environment, and Our Place in the World$
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Anna Peterson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226548

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226548.001.0001

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In and Of the World

In and Of the World

Toward a Chastened Constructionist Anthropology

(p.185) Chapter Eight In and Of the World
Being Human

Anna L. Peterson

University of California Press

This chapter sketches some qualities of humanness that undergird the ethical vision presented in the next chapter. These five qualities of humanness include simultaneous shaping by both nature and nurture, “thisworldliness” or being terrestrial, embodiedness, relationality, and limitations. This chapter explores some of the possibilities of change in Christian theological anthropology and suggests that the potential for transforming Christian approaches to nature depends not only on the philosophical coherence but also on the practical and emotional appeal of new understandings of human nature and humanity's relationship to the nonhuman world.

Keywords:   humanness, nature, nurture, thisworldliness, embodiedness, relationality, limitations, theological anthropology, humanity, philosophical coherence

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