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date: 11 December 2019

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The chapter discusses the different approaches to the human essence that the six chapters in this first section contributed under the umbrella of individuality. More specifically, it first discusses them in terms of the seeming obviousness of locating the human essence in the individual body and/or mind, and then the obvious limits of this in the quest for identifying the human essence. Subsequently, it discusses what we may be missing when we zoom in too much onto the individual’s body, brain, and mind, which is what happens between individuals that cannot be reduced to the individual itself. In doing so, the chapter already provides a window on the second and third sections of the volume, which deal with relationality and cultural embeddedness as crucial aspects of the human essence.

Keywords: individuality, body-mind problem, mind, brain, groups, culture, human essence, human existence, human behavior, experience

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