Human Nature as Capacity

Human Nature as Capacity

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What is it to be human? What are our specifically human attributes, our capacities and liabilities? Such questions gave birth to anthropology as an Enlightenment science. This book argues that it is again appropriate to bring qthe humanq to the fore, to reclaim the singularity of the word as central to the anthropological endeavor, not on the basis of the substance of a human nature a€“ qTo be human is to act like this and react like this, to feel this and want thisq a€“ but in terms of species-wide capacities: capabilities for action and imagination, liabilities for suffering and cruelty. The contributors approach qthe humanq with an awareness of these complexities and particularities, rendering this volume unique in its ability to build on anthropology's ethnographic expertise.Example Two An instructor is teaching Latin motion rotation of the hips and the importance of small steps in rumba and salsa: ... The last instructions proved to be particularly effective as the male salsa dancers worked on their body movements in front of the dance ... Imagine the rib cage like a cardboard box with corners.

Title:Human Nature as Capacity
Author:Nigel Rapport
Publisher:Berghahn Books - 2010-03-15


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