Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781789142143 Will Publish September 2020 For sale in North and South America only
An e-book edition will be published.

Human

Amanda Rees and Charlotte Sleigh

Human

Amanda Rees and Charlotte Sleigh

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208 pages | 40 color plates | 5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781789142143 Will Publish September 2020 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $19.95 ISBN: 9781789142518 Published May 2020 For sale in North and South America only
What does it mean to be human? And what, if anything, does it have to do with being a member of the animal species Homo sapiens? This dazzling book gets to the very heart of our rather unscientific motivations and prejudices, showing how they are of great use in resolving the world’s biggest problems. From beasts to aliens, this book explores widely discussed but often problematic links between humans and six other beings, tackling deep philosophical questions including humanity’s common purpose, life’s meaning, and what it means to be accepted as part of a community. Global in its outlook and illustrated with stunning pictures, Human is a powerful, funny, and iconoclastic antidote to post-humanism.
Contents
Introduction 1 Beast 2 Hominin 3 Machine 4 She 5 God 6 Alien Conclusion Timeline References Further Reading Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements Index
Review Quotes
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"From beasts to aliens, this quirkily written and 'iconoclastic' book explores our links with six other beings, tackling such philosophical questions as humanity’s common purpose, life’s meaning, and what it means to be part of a community."
Thomas Dixon, professor of history, Queen Mary, University of London, author of "Weeping Britannia"
"A sparkling and original portrait of our species—tracing our cultural and natural history from the proto-human to the post-human. Lavishly illustrated and brilliantly written—this is a wonderful addition to the Animal series."
Gregory Radick, University of Leeds, author of "The Simian Tongue: The Long Debate about Animal Language"
"The history of humankind’s getting to know itself is a history of attempts to work out what makes us distinctive and where to draw the boundaries with the non-human. In Human, Rees and Sleigh bring sly wit and a staggering range of reference to the comparisons that have obsessed the distinction-hunters and boundary-makers down the ages. From animals to aliens, from gods to golems, from hominins to H. Rider Haggard’s 'She-who-must-be-obeyed,' Human surveys the most telling comparisons, revealing how, at every turn, human culture has imprinted itself on our evolving self-understanding."
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