Our Practices, Our Selves: Or, What it Means to Be Human

Paperback | January 26, 2001

byTodd May

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A book for everyone interested in learning how philosophy is done and what it can tell us about who we are.

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A book for everyone interested in learning how philosophy is done and what it can tell us about who we are.

Todd May is Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University. His previous books are Between Genealogy and Epistemology: Psychology, Politics, and Knowledge in the Thought of Michel Foucault(1993), The Political Philosophy of Post-Structuralist Anarchism (1994), The Moral Theory of Poststructuralism (1995), and Reconsidering Difference: N...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.47 × 5.52 × 0.55 inPublished:January 26, 2001Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271020865

ISBN - 13:9780271020860

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“This enjoyable book, written in an engaging, colloquial voice, is that rare kind of introduction to philosophy that both (1) shows that philosophy is a distinctive form of lively conceptual activity rather than an inert body of dusty doctrines and (2) makes a contribution to the field it introduces by showing the importance of our multifarious human practices to questions of selfhood and identity. The fundamental thesis of the book—that practices are constitutive of the self in a deep way that has not been sufficiently recognized—is explored through wide-ranging examples, including global-technological capitalism, religious authority and the creationism debate, multiculturalism, psychoanalytical explanation, jazz, baseball, political activism, cooking, and many others. These diverse strands, although they obviously come from far and wide, are convincingly woven into a coherent and illuminating large-scale pattern.This book shows the student, the general reader, or anyone interested in what philosophy—itself a practice—how hard, clear thinking promotes human understanding and how helpful analytical thought can be to numerous hotly debated issues. Readers are given the conceptual tools and philosophical equipment they need as the book progresses, and they will know that they are in the hands of an excellent, confidence-inspiring teacher of the subject.”—Gary Hagberg, Brad College