To Flourish or Destruct: A Personalist Theory of Human Goods, Motivations, Failure, and Evil

To Flourish or Destruct: A Personalist Theory of Human Goods, Motivations, Failure, and Evil

Christian Smith


In his 2010 booklet What Is a Person?, Christian Smith argued that sociology had for too lengthy overlooked this primary query. triumphing social theories, he wrote, don't effectively “capture our deep subjective adventure as individuals, an important dimensions of the richness of our personal lived lives, what thinkers in past a long time may have known as our ‘souls’ or ‘hearts.’” construction on Smith’s prior paintings, To Flourish or Destruct examines the motivations intrinsic to this subjective adventure: Why do humans do what they do? How do we clarify the job that provides upward thrust to all human social existence and social structures?
 
Smith argues that our activities stem from a motivation to achieve what he calls normal human items: ends which are, via nature, constitutionally strong for all humans. He is going directly to discover the methods we will be able to and do fail to achieve those ends—a failure that may bring about various gradations of evil. Rooted in severe realism and expert through paintings in philosophy, psychology, and different fields, Smith’s formidable e-book situates the assumption of personhood on the heart of our makes an attempt to appreciate how we'd form strong human lives and societies.

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