Human Traits and Their Social Significance


Irwin Edman

Series: Human Evolution, Biological and Cultural Domains
BISAC: PHI010000

This book, originally published in 1920, is remarkably yet unsurprisingly still relevant today. It delves into the processes of human nature, from our simple inborn impulses and needs to the most complete fulfillment of these in the deliberate activities of art, science, morality, and religion. This book will give you knowledge of the fundamentals of human nature and a sense of the possibilities and limits these give to human enterprise.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction. Human Traits and Civilization

Part 1. Social Psychology

Chapter 1. Types of Human Behavior

Chapter 2. Types of Human Behavior and their Social Significance – Instinct, Habit, and Emotion

Chapter 3. Reflection

Chapter 4. The Basic Human Activities

Chapter 5. The Social Nature of Man

Chapter 6. Crucial Traits in Social Life

Chapter 7. The Demand for Privacy and Individuality

Chapter 8. The Development of the “Self”

Chapter 9. Individual Differences

Chapter 10. Language and Communication

Chapter 11. Racial and Cultural Continuity

Part 2. The Career of Reason


Chapter 12. Religion and the Religious Experience

Chapter 13. Art and the Aesthetic Experience

Chapter 14. Science and Scientific Method

Chapter 15. Morals and Moral Valuation


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