The view of earthly life as a struggle between spirit and flesh
- The body is a material object which simply frustrates the full development of the mind or spirit
The view that ideas- or the mind that produces these ideas- constitutes the essence of human nature
(a notion established as far back as Plato in Western thought)
Human nature is determined by the casual force of mind of spirit
The view that the material activities of our physical bodies in the material world constitute the essence of human nature
An unchanging core of features that is unique to things of the same kind and makes them what they are
Assumes that mind and body, individual and society, and individual and environment are interdependent and define each other
People are molded by cultural experiences, and would have become completely different people had they been raised in isolation
Social living and cultural sharing are necessary to develop what we refer to as "human nature"
The relationship between biological processes and symbolic cultural processes in which each makes up an important part of the environment to which the other must adapt
"human beings are open to becoming something more than what has gone into making them what they are at a given point in time."
Shows how variations in the beliefs and behaviors of people of different cultures is shaped by sets of learned behaviors and ideas tat human beings acquire as being members of a certain society
Organisms whose defining features are co-determined by both biological and cultural factors
Understanding another culture in its own terms, even if you don't happen to agree with said terms
The opinion that your own way of life is the natural and correct way, and is the only true way of being fully human