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The Resource What is a human? : what the answers mean for human rights, John H. Evans

What is a human? : what the answers mean for human rights, John H. Evans

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What is a human? : what the answers mean for human rights
Title
What is a human?
Title remainder
what the answers mean for human rights
Statement of responsibility
John H. Evans
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"The debate over what makes human beings unique has raged for hundreds of years, and many believe it is urgent to convince others to accept their particular definition of what it is to be human. Despite these dire warnings, nobody has empirically examined whether particular definitions of a human actually lead to maltreatment. In this book sociologist John H. Evans does and concludes that the definitions of a human promoted by biologists and philosophers actually are associated with less support for human rights. Members of the public who agree with these definitions say they are less willing to sacrifice to stop genocides, and are more supportive of buying organs from poor people, experimenting on prisoners against their will, torturing people to potentially save lives, and having terminally ill people commit suicide to save money. It might appear that the assumptions of critics are empirically correct. However, Evans finds that these critics are actually only partially right, and a detailed examination of the public's views reveals a much more subtle and complex situation. First, he shows that only a minority of the general public agrees with the definitions associated with less support for human rights. Then, he shows that the public has its own definitions of a human being that are unlikely to lead to human rights abuses. So while the critics are right about the definitions of a human promoted by academic biologists and philosophers, at present their concern about widespread maltreatment is overblown"--Provided by publisher
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Cataloging source
YDX
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1965-
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Evans, John Hyde
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GN492.2
LC item number
.E83 2016eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Human rights
  • Political anthropology
Label
What is a human? : what the answers mean for human rights, John H. Evans
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. Anthropologies and Human Rights in the Academic Debate -- 3. The General Public, Academic Anthropologies, and Human Rights -- 4. The Public's Biological Anthropologies: DNA and Analogies to Existing Humans -- 5. The Public's Philosophical Anthropologies: Autonomous and Social Traits -- 6. The Public's Theological Anthropologies: The Image of God and the Soul -- 7. The Public's Socially Conferred Anthropology: Humans Making Humans Human -- 8. Conclusion: Reassessing the Academic Debate about Anthropologies -- Appendix A. Formal Statistical Analyses of the Survey Data -- Appendix B. Public Opinion Survey -- Appendix C In-depth Interviews
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ocn957617025
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 260 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
SINGLE USER ACCESS. This e-book is restricted to one viewer at any one time. You may download a chapter or page range (subject to the same limits as for printing) as a permanent PDF image file for use on a computer or e-book reading device (including a Kindle)
Isbn
9780190608071
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
Label
What is a human? : what the answers mean for human rights, John H. Evans
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. Anthropologies and Human Rights in the Academic Debate -- 3. The General Public, Academic Anthropologies, and Human Rights -- 4. The Public's Biological Anthropologies: DNA and Analogies to Existing Humans -- 5. The Public's Philosophical Anthropologies: Autonomous and Social Traits -- 6. The Public's Theological Anthropologies: The Image of God and the Soul -- 7. The Public's Socially Conferred Anthropology: Humans Making Humans Human -- 8. Conclusion: Reassessing the Academic Debate about Anthropologies -- Appendix A. Formal Statistical Analyses of the Survey Data -- Appendix B. Public Opinion Survey -- Appendix C In-depth Interviews
Control code
ocn957617025
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 260 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
SINGLE USER ACCESS. This e-book is restricted to one viewer at any one time. You may download a chapter or page range (subject to the same limits as for printing) as a permanent PDF image file for use on a computer or e-book reading device (including a Kindle)
Isbn
9780190608071
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote

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