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Irina Jovan Deretic

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 54: Human Excellence: Past and Present

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Human Excellence: Past and Present
Human excellence: Past and present

The word excellence is derived from the Latin word excellentia, and it means the quality of being extremely good. Human excellences could be defined as those human qualities that make a person outstanding, exceptional, superior, or, in one word, the best of one's kind in any field of human activities. Frequently, it is synonymously used with the word virtue, narrowly meaning moral excellence.

Historical and Cross-Cultural Approach

In this chapter, the accounts of human excellence will be elucidated in the history of human thought, from the ancient Greek and Roman time, through the Medieval Age and Early Modern Age, to the Modern Age and contemporary civilization. The historical approach provides a survey of the various views and concepts ...

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