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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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Not of the World

Not of the World

Human Exceptionalism in Western Tradition

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

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520226548.003.0004

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

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