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Chapter 1: Perspectives of the Human Condition

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dualism
The view that reality consists of two equal and irreducible forces
conflict dualism
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
idealism
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
materialism
The view that the material activities of our physical bodies in the material world constitute the essence of human nature
materialism
We are reduced to genes, hormones, and biology
materialism
Human nature is determined by casual force of physical matter
determinism
The view that one simple force causes or determines complex events
essence
An unchanging core of features that is unique to things of the same kind and makes them what they are
holism
Assumes that mind and body, individual and society, and individual and environment are interdependent and define each other
holism
There are no sharp boundaries which separates environment, individual, and society
holism
People are molded by cultural experiences, and would have become completely different people had they been raised in isolation
holism
Social living and cultural sharing are necessary to develop what we refer to as "human nature"
co-evolution
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
co-evolution
"human beings are open to becoming something more than what has gone into making them what they are at a given point in time."
paleoanthropology
the study of ancient human remains; comparing bones, teeth etc.
cultural anthropology
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
cultural anthropology
"the study of common sense"
reflexivity
thinking about why and how one thinks about specific things
biocultural organisms
Organisms whose defining features are co-determined by both biological and cultural factors
cultural relativism
Understanding another culture in its own terms, even if you don't happen to agree with said terms
ethnocentrism
The opinion that your own way of life is the natural and correct way, and is the only true way of being fully human
human agency
The idea that humans have at least some control over their lives