OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Objectification Spectrum: Understanding and Transcending Our Diminishment and Dehumanization of Others

ISBN : 9780199355419

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¥8,162
著者: 
John M. Rector
ページ
288 ページ
フォーマット
Hardcover
サイズ
177 x 238 mm
刊行日
2014年08月
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What lies at the heart of humanity's capacity for evil? Any tenable answer to this age-old question must include an explanation of our penchant for objectifying and dehumanizing our fellow human beings. The Objectification Spectrum: Understanding and Transcending Our Diminishment and Dehumanization of Others draws upon timeless wisdom to propose a new model of objectification. Rather than offering a narrow definition of the term, the author explores objectification as a spectrum of misapprehension running from its mildest form, casual indifference, to its most extreme manifestation, dehumanization. Using vivid examples to clearly demarcate three primary levels of objectification, the author engages in a thoughtful exploration of various dispositional and situational factors contributing to this uniquely human phenomenon. These include narcissism, the ego, death denial, toxic situations, and our perceived boundaries of self, among others. Rector then gives us reason to hope by orienting his model of objectification into a broader continuum of human capability-one that includes a countervailing enlightenment spectrum. Gleaning insights from classic philosophy, the world's five most prominent religious traditions, and current social science research, he examines the best antidotes humankind has devised thus far to move us from casual concern for our fellow human beings toward interconnectedness and, ultimately, unity consciousness. Broad in scope and deeply penetrating, The Objectification Spectrum advances the conversation about the nature of human evil into personally relevant, potentially transformative territory.

目次: 

INTRODUCTION: LEAVING PLATO'S CAVE-OUR ONLY HOPE
SECTION I-SHADOWS ON THE CAVE WALL: THE MANY FACES OF OBJECTIFICATION
* Chapter One: Preliminaries
* Chapter Two: Objectification: A Slippery, Multiple Concept
* Chapter Three: Objectification Revisited: A Spectrum of Misapprehension
SECTION II-THE HUMAN SITUATION: LIMITATIONS AND POSSIBILITIES
* Chapter Four: Three Observations from Antiquity: "Philosophia Perennis "
* Chapter Five: Unity Consciousness: Reality at its Deepest Level
SECTION III-WHAT WE ARE: DISPOSITIONAL FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO OBJECTIFICATION
* Chapter Six: The Paradoxical Nature of Boundaries
* Chapter Seven: Boundaries of Self
* Chapter Eight: Narcissism
* Chapter Nine: The Ego (Part One): Its Nature and Manifestations
* Chapter Ten: The Ego (Part Two): Having Versus Being
* Chapter Eleven: Problems Stemming from Death Denial
SECTION IV-WHO WE ARE: SITUATIONAL FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO OBJECTIFICATION
* Chapter Twelve: Rising Awareness of Situational Power
* Chapter Thirteen: Situationally-Induced Objectification: Three Relevant Classic Examples
* Chapter Fourteen: What is the Heroic Individual? Momentary Transcendence of Objectification
SECTION V-PATHWAYS TOWARD TRANSFORMATION: TRAILS LEADING OUT OF PLATO'S CAVE
* Chapter Fifteen: The Problem of Enlightenment
* Chapter Sixteen: Theistic & Nontheistic Approaches to Transcending Objectification
* Chapter Seventeen: Objectification's Antidote: The Enlightenment Spectrum

著者について: 

John M. Rector, Ph.D., is a Counseling Psychologist in Southeast Idaho, where he provides psychotherapy to university students, writes, and teaches on the psychology of religion. Dr. Rector is the past chairperson for the American Psychological Association Annual Convention for Division 36 (Psychology of Religion). He is currently serving as assistant editor for the journal Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy. He and his wife have three sons.

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