Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Being HumanEthics, Environment, and Our Place in the World$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Anna Peterson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226548

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226548.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 27 September 2021

Not of the World

Not of the World

Human Exceptionalism in Western Tradition

(p.28) Chapter Two Not of the World
Being Human

Anna L. Peterson

University of California Press

This chapter examines the principle of human exceptionalism and the established Christian and modernist narratives of human uniqueness. It explains that these worldviews usually posit a definitive and unbridgeable gap between humans and all other species, justified most often by the possession of a soul or rational thought. It suggests that these traditions have legitimized and expanded not only instrumental attitudes toward nature but also hierarchies among humans.

Keywords:   human exceptionalism, human uniqueness, humans, rational thought, nature, instrumental attitudes

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.