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Approaching Humankind

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Jörn Rüsen(Hg.), Approaching Humankind (2013), Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 37073 Göttingen, ISBN: 9783847000587

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Table of content

  • BEGINN
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Table of Contents
  • Body
  • Preface
  • Jörn Rüsen: Introduction: Enquiring about Mankind
  • Gerald Hüther: Neurobiological Approaches to a Better Understanding of Human Nature and Human Values
  • 1. The Unique Plasticity of the Human Brain
  • 2. Stress and the Experience-dependent Organization of Neuronal Connectivity
  • 3. The Influence of Early Affectional Relationships on Brain Development and Behavior
  • 4. A Neurobiological View on the Prerequisites for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence
  • Summary
  • References
  • Christoph Antweiler: Pan-cultural Universals – a Foundation for an Inclusive Humanism
  • Universals and the Project of a New Humanism
  • Summary: a Universalizing Approach vs. Relativism and Absolutism
  • Georg W. Oesterdiekhoff: Man on the Way Towards Intellectual Growth and Humanity – Anthropological Foundations of History and Social Change
  • Introduction
  • Developmental Psychology and Piagetian Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Logical and Abstract Thinking
  • Rationality and Superstition
  • Ordeals and Oracles
  • Magic
  • Religion
  • History of Philosophy and Sciences
  • The Rise of Industrial Society
  • The Historical Development of Morals
  • Freedom and Democracy, Slavery and Dictatorship
  • Conclusions
  • Hubert Cancik: Europe – Antiquity – Humanism
  • 1. Orientation
  • 2. Europe
  • 3. Antiquity
  • 4. Tradition – Reception – Renaissance
  • 5. Humanity
  • 6. Humanismus
  • 7. 10th December – Human Rights Day
  • Heiner Roetz: Confucian Humanism
  • Umesh C. Chattopadhyaya: Indian Humanism
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Humanistic Ideas in India
  • 3. Conclusions
  • Jörn Rüsen: Classical Humanism – a Historical Survey
  • 1. What is “Classical Humanism”?
  • 2. Anthropological Premises
  • 3. Historical Change
  • 4. Archaic Societies
  • 5. Cultural Change in Axial Times
  • 6. Steps towards Modernity
  • 7. The Humanization of Mankind in Modern European History
  • 8. Steps towards the Future
  • Oliver Kozlarek: Man and World in Latin American Humanism
  • 1. Humanism and Politics
  • 2. The Ambivalence of Enlightenment
  • 3. The Long Road to Independence
  • 4. Humanism as a Critique of Positivism
  • 5. Humanism after the Second World War
  • 6. Perspectives: What We Can Learn from Latin American Humanism
  • Günter Dux: Humanism and Its Interpretation in Secular Modernity – The Responsibility of Politics for Enabling a Humane Form of Life
  • 1. Humanism as a Postulate of Political Ethics
  • 2. The Historical Turning Point
  • 3. The Secular Understanding of Human Life Forms as Spiritual Forms of Life
  • 4. The Part of History in the Historical-Genetic Understanding of Modernity
  • 5. The Transparency of History
  • 6. Humanness as a Problem in a Secularized World
  • 7. Humanism as a Problem in a Market-driven Society
  • Conclusion
  • Ilse Lenz: Differences of Humanity from the Perspective of Gender Research
  • Equality and Difference in International Gender Regimes and in Transnational Feminist Networks
  • Equality and Difference in the Perspective of Gender Research
  • Postcolonial Feminist Critique
  • The Perspective of Intersectionality
  • Inequality and Gender Conflicts
  • Reflective Universalism
  • Jürgen Straub: Personal Identity: A Concept in Humanist Tradition?
  • Humanism and the Question of Psychological Identity
  • Identity: Heterogeneous Meanings, First Determinations
  • The Historical, Cultural and Social Context
  • Theory of Identity: Basic Differences
  • Identity and Autonomy
  • The Triadic Pragma-semantics of Identity, Totality, Multiplicity (Diffusion, Dissociation, Fragmentation)
  • Continuity, Consistency, Coherence
  • Final Remarks
  • Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer: Chances for a Global Humanism in the Conflict of Cultures
  • Preliminary Remarks
  • Man at the Centre
  • Humanism: More than a Period-term
  • Doubt and the Disappointment of War
  • The New Humanism in Posttraditional Societies
  • The Individual and its World
  • Four Preconditions for Humanism as a Guiding Concept
  • Humanism in Functional Terms
  • The Obstinacy of Cultures
  • The Clash of Cultures and the Demographic Factor
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Prof. Dr. phil., Dipl. geol. Christoph Antweiler
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hubert Cancik
  • Prof. Dr. Umesh Chattopadhyaya (Ph.D., Cantab.)
  • Prof. Dr. Günter Dux
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. med. habil. Gerald Hüther
  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Kozlarek
  • Prof. Dr. Ilse Lenz
  • PD Dr. Dr. Georg W. Oesterdiekhoff
  • Prof. Dr. Heiner Roetz
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jörn Rüsen
  • Prof. Dr. Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Jürgen Straub
  • Bibliography

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