Being, Humanity, and Understanding: Studies in Ancient and Modern Societies by G. E. R. LloydBeing, Humanity, and Understanding: Studies in Ancient and Modern Societies by G. E. R. Lloyd

Being, Humanity, and Understanding: Studies in Ancient and Modern Societies

byG. E. R. Lloyd

Paperback | August 3, 2014

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G. E. R. Lloyd explores the variety of ideas and assumptions that humans have entertained concerning three main topics: being, or what there is; humanity - what makes a human being a human; and understanding, both of the world and of one another. Amazingly diverse views have been held on theseissues by different individuals and collectivities in both ancient and modern times. Lloyd juxtaposes the evidence available from ethnography and from the study of ancient societies, both to describe that diversity and to investigate the problems it poses. Many of the ideas in question are deeply puzzling, even paradoxical, to the point where they have often been described as irrational or frankly unintelligible. Many implicate fundamental moral issues and value judgements, where again we may seem to be faced with an impossible task in attempting toarrive at a fair-minded evaluation. How far does it seem that we are all the prisoners of the conceptual systems of the collectivities to which we happen to belong? To what extent and in what circumstances is it possible to challenge the basic concepts of such systems? Being, Humanity, andUnderstanding examines these questions cross-culturally and seeks to draw out the implications for the revisability of some of our habitual assumptions concerning such topics as ontology, morality, nature, relativism, incommensurability, the philosophy of language, and the pragmatics ofcommunication.
G. E. R. Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Science at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of nineteen books, including Cognitive Variations: Reflections on the Unity and Diversity of the Human Mind (OUP, 2007) and Disciplines in the Making: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Elites, Learning, and Innovation (...
Title:Being, Humanity, and Understanding: Studies in Ancient and Modern SocietiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:August 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Humanity between Gods and Beasts?2. Error3. Ancient Understandings Reassessed and the Consequences for Ontologies4. Language and Audiences5. Philosophical ImplicationsEpilogueGlossary of Key Chinese Terms and NamesBibliographyIndex