In the introduction, the author presents the motivations behind the book’s inquiry: the need to make good sense of life and the world, the need to find a correct approach to human beings that will look at what is “good”, not necessarily what is “right”, which is the main concern in social science recently. The chapter explains five models of human beings, classifies them as inadequate and then introduces critical realist personlism as the correct, realistic and theoretically coherent view. The chapter explores the advantages personalism brings to sociological theory, one of the most important being that it brings together the two sides of humanity, the light and the dark, into one coherent picture, and also emphasizes the importance of ontology. The chapter ends by considering the book as a work of retrieval of the reality of a natural human good and a real human telos.
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