Being Human: Psychological and Philosophical Perspectives

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Routledge, 2012 - Psychology - 335 pages
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Richard Gross turns his expert eye to the psychology of human nature in a contemplative account encompassing cognition, consciousness, language, time perception, sense of mortality and human society. This book will help you to consider the unique aspects of being human and to understand the biological underpinnings for the intriguing and distinct behaviours and experiences common to human beings.

The book is enhanced throughout by:
- its logical arrangement of topics, with key questions, issues for additional focus and reflection points highlighted throughout
- useful chapter introductions and summaries to provide clarity and insight
- diagrams to help explain difficult concepts
- detailed selection of references and useful sources including works from the fields of psychology, philosophy, religion and literature

Being Human is an ideal textbook for courses in conceptual and historical issues in psychology and is also essential reading for students of psychology and related disciplines as well as general readers seeking insights into one of the most enduring questions to have faced humankind throughout history.

 

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Contents

Quantitative or qualitative difference?
6
2 The genetics of being human
26
What makes it so special?
41
4 Consciousness and selfconsciousness
60
Hausers hypothesis
100
Do only humans have it?
127
7 Memory and the perception of time
174
8 Fear of death and other facts of life
213
The crucial feature?
253
Glossary
285
References
300
Index
327
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Paul E. Smithis Principal Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the University of Hertfordshire Business School, UK.

Marilyn Farmeris Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the University of Hertfordshire Business School, UK.

Wendy Yellowleyis Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the University of Hertfordshire Business School, UK.

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