The poiesis of 'human nature' : an exploration of the concept of an ethical self

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Worley, Leticia (2011) The poiesis of 'human nature' : an exploration of the concept of an ethical self. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


This thesis inquires into our ‘human nature’ through an interdisciplinary approach that considers some of the radical changes in intellectual thought at those key points in Western culture in which this concept has been centrally deployed. The broad historical sweep that this study covers finds the preoccupation with defining who we are and what we are capable of inextricably linked with the focus, at most of the pivotal moments examined, on a dominant impulse to conceive human beings as moral creatures.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding
Keywords ResPubID24312, human nature, ethics, moral sense, morality, rationality, selfhood, self, western culture, western civilisation, western philosophy, cultural identity, poiesis
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