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The Idea of Man


reviewed by Bernard Mackler - 1977

coverTitle: The Idea of Man
Author(s): Floyd W. Matson
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Since the end of the Korean War, we have had a steady diet of researchers and writers putting forth arguments that man is aggressive. An equally vociferous group has been writing books stating that our species is a humanistic one. The nature/ nurture debate has been with us for more than two decades and no end is in sight. Matson, in a tightly organized, well-written, scholarly book, reaffirms that man is creator and therefore can act upon his environment and his heredity. To talk as if the only active forces in the equation are those of nature on the one hand and culture on the other is to treat man as a merely reactive organism—"the victim-spectator," in Gordon Allport's terms, of blind forces working through him. In this sense, it matters little which of the two, nature or nurture, hold the upper hand; whichever side wins, man loses. But the traditional... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 78 Number 4, 1977, p. 493-496
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1248, Date Accessed: 7/18/2019 3:06:34 AM

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