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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $21.49
  • August 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92639-2
  • 656 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Being Human

Core Readings in the Humanities


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Leon R. Kass (Editor, University of Chicago)


Being Human is the first humanities reader that focuses on humanity in the literal sense—what it’s like to be human.

The Norton Edition of this widely praised collection brings the best writings in the humanities to a college audience. Each chapter presents a question or topic central to the human experience, among them "The Search for Perfection," "Are We Our Bodies?," "Vulnerability and Suffering," and "Human Dignity." To guide students as they read these influential works, every selection is prefaced by a concise headnote and thoughtful discussion questions.

How shall we promote and protect human flourishing in a world of ever-emerging technologies? At what point should we limit our quest for physical and mental perfection? Drawing on the insights of great thinkers throughout the ages, Being Human: Core Readings in the Humanities can help give readers a solid understanding of what it means to be human, both in the past and into the future. College courses, from Humanities to Bioethics to Freshman Composition, will benefit from this important collection.


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