The Social Nature of Persons: One Person is No Person, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Social Nature of Persons

One Person is No Person, 1st Edition

By A.P. Tom Ormay


238 pages

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Paperback: 9781855757721
pub: 2012-12-31

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The "nos" provides us with the natural milieu to relate, and opens the way for solving the deepest human problems.For a long time it seemed unscientific to say that people were social, because the altruistic person dies out and does not have the chance to propagate its kind. The selfish person is good at survival, therefore it seemed logical to say, that selfishness was wining over altruism. Later on it became clear that we cannot understand people if we look at one person alone. We live together. One person is no person. Animals also live in communities on their own level. After that it was easy to discover the social instinct, and the values in it. The social instinct provides scientific foundation to the theory of the social person. This book explores this theory in depth and includes chapters on instinct and group analysis; the "nos" and the social unconscious; the phenomenology of the self and Ferenczi's main principles

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