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To Flourish or DestructA Personalist Theory of Human Goods, Motivations, Failure, and Evil$
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Christian Smith

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226231952

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226232003.001.0001

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(p.266) Conclusion
To Flourish or Destruct

Christian Smith

University of Chicago Press

The conclusion goes over personalism, really asserting that persons are natural-goods seeking animals who live motivated lives and engage in motivated actions. It reiterates that social science should rethink the concept of culture and approach cultural analyses in the light of the basic human goods and interests proposed above and the human teleological quest for eudaimonia. The chapter goes over the account given in the book, which is against reductionism and which views love as critical within the argument of the book. The kind of social and institutional contexts that nurture, challenge, and instill the virtues needed to achieve basic human goods involve love, even if it stands in the background. Indeed, love fosters trust, and such trust promotes human flourishing.

Keywords:   beliefs, human condition, human existence, human goods, human ontology, love, motivation, natural goods-seeking animals, personalism, social science

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