Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

What Is This Quintessence Of Dust? The Concept Of The ‘Human’ And Its Origins

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Our understanding of the word 'human' changes radically, not only from one historical era to another but also with context. Plato in a lecture defined 'man' as a 'two-footed featherless animal'. Humanity has at times been defined, among other ways, in terms of the use of fire, the taboo against incest, politics, the making of tools, the understanding of death, and the use of language. 'Adam', the name of the first man according to the Bible, may come from the Hebrew adamah, meaning 'soil', though that is uncertain. Animals can serve as a contrast to human beings because they resembles a great many respects, but these similarities are often used to highlight an essential difference, which may be anything from a taboo against incest to speech. If we consider 'humanity' in a more extended sense, its major opposite becomes not 'animals' but 'nature'.

Keywords: animals; Hebrew adamah; humanity; Plato

10.1163/ej.9789004187948.i-348.14
/content/books/10.1163/ej.9789004187948.i-348.14
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Anthropocentrism — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation