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Books, Journals, New Media
September 22/29, 2004

Science and Humanity

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(12):1493. doi:10.1001/jama.292.12.1493

In The Song Sparrow and the Child Joseph Vining pursues two related projects. The first is to criticize what he calls "total theories"—theories that, if taken seriously, make humans out to be mere physical "systems" with no more claim to respect and consideration than inanimate objects. His second project is to explore how social practices can create conditions under which (some) human beings do in fact come to be viewed as mere things, with no more claim to respect and consideration than inanimate objects.

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