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The Cultural AnimalHuman Nature, Meaning, and Social Life$
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Roy F. Baumeister

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167030

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167030.001.0001

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The Human Psyche at Work

The Human Psyche at Work

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The Cultural Animal

Roy F. Baumeister

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the basic ideas about nature and culture. It explains what is special about culture, of what culture is made, and what are some of the psychological requirements for participating in culture. It gives special attention to the role of language and meaning, in view of its central importance to cultural life. The organization of the psyche into two parts (conscious and automatic) is emphasized as a crucial theme that every other chapter needs in order to explain human functioning within culture.

Keywords:   culture, human psyche, language, meaning, cultural life

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