View of Human Nature

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    • 00:11

      JERROLD LEE SHAPIRO: We look at human naturein a number of ways and people look at it very differently.We can be deterministic, we can be reductionist,or we can be humanistic.And the humanistic notion is one looking at potential,looking at what's possible for people.Existential takes humanistic but also looks at the dark side.

    • 00:33

      JERROLD LEE SHAPIRO [continued]: It looks at the side of existence.It looks at those things that are terrifying to us.Like mortality, like isolation, like meaninglessness.And in an existential world that becomes part and parcelof what makes people particularly humanand what allows us to connect in certain ways.And we all have these sides of ourselves.

    • 00:55

      JERROLD LEE SHAPIRO [continued]: This also gets back to the issue of whether we view the worldfrom a truth first or truth derive prospective.Do we decode certain truth or do we subjectively create a truth?And that becomes what's most importantin the existential way of looking at things.

View of Human Nature

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Prof. Jerrold Shapiro gives an overview of different ways human nature can be viewed, with a particular emphasis on existentialism.

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View of Human Nature

Prof. Jerrold Shapiro gives an overview of different ways human nature can be viewed, with a particular emphasis on existentialism.

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