Title: Interpreting ManAuthor: Dennis M. Weiss, ed.Series: Critical Studies in the HumanitiesImprint: The Davies Group, Publisherssoft cover220 pp.USD 20.00ISBN 978-18885706632002Are human beings little more than complicated animals? Are we defined by our biology? What role does culture play in shaping us? Can science account for the whole of our nature? These perennial philosophical questions are being raised with new urgency in recent provocative debates that include mapping the human genome, cloning, nature/nurture, animal rights, robotics, and the merits of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology. In order to address these questions, Interpreting Man brings together, for the first time, substantial selections devoted to a critical examination of what it means to be human, from the works of an international group of philosophers and social theorists. The essays comprising this collection, many of which have been out-of-print and no longer widely available, offer thought-provoking insights into human nature, and provide a framework for understanding issues that go to the heart of contemporary philosophical, scientific and humanistic studies. Focusing on themes such as laughing and crying, the upright posture, the nature of culture and symbolism, and social and interpersonal relations, they represent some of the finest contemporary perspectives on human nature and are an essential resource for anyone with a strong interest in philosophy, women’s studies, anthropology, sociology and psychology.Contents AcknowledgmentsPreface—Douglas BrowningDennis Weiss, The Anthropological TaskMax Scheler, Man’s Place in NatureArnold Gehlen, Man: His Place and NatureErnst Cassirer, The Symbolic AnimalHelmuth Plessner, Laughing and CryingMichael Landmann, The System of AnthropinaMartin Buber, Elements of the InterhumanJosé Ortega y Gasset, The Self and the OtherErwin Straus, The Upright PostureAbout the authorDennis M. Weiss is Associate Professor of Philosophy at York College of Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Emory University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin. His published works are in the area of philosophical anthropology, philosophy of technology, and the emerging cyberculture.