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Toward a Theory of Flourishing

Christian Smith

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

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226231952
eISBN:
9780226232003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226232003.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This chapter develops personalism on the question of the purpose of human life, which the author argues is human flourishing. The six basic goods mentioned in chapter 5 are here said to serve this ... More


Cultural Models of Religious Parenting

Christian Smith and Amy Adamczyk

in Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass Their Religion on to the Next Generation

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780190093327
eISBN:
9780190093358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190093327.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter describes and illustrates the “cultural models” that inform what the vast majority of American religious parents assume and believe about the value and means of passing on religion to ... More


Introduction

Diana Lobel

in The Quest for God and the Good: World Philosophy as a Living Experience

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231153157
eISBN:
9780231527019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231153157.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This book explores the insights of central thinkers and texts from throughout the world that address fundamental existential questions such as “Why is spiritual life so often described using ... More


Thermodynamics and Thought

Dorion Sagan

in Chimeras and Consciousness: Evolution of the Sensory Self

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015394
eISBN:
9780262312462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015394.003.0022
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter discusses the relationship of purposeful choice-making behavior to the directional bias of naturally occurring complex systems ruled by thermodynamics. It argues that the sensitivities ... More


The Virtues in Heaven

Rachel Lu

in Paradise Understood: New Philosophical Essays about Heaven

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198794301
eISBN:
9780191835810
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198794301.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

For medieval moral philosophers, human beings were very puzzling creatures. In their view, man was naturally oriented toward a life of earthly thriving, similar to what Aristotle described in the ... More


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