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An 'Age of the Crisis of Man'? 'Human Personality' in British Social Thought, 1910-1973

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Mark Greif’s 2015 book on midcentury American humanism raises a difficult question. Is the history of responses to fundamental anthropological questions (‘What is man?’) worth writing? This paper uses developments in 20th century British social thought to consider some of those questions. It explores the mutable and increasingly nebulous meanings which critics of capitalism in Britain attached to the concept of ‘human personality’. It argues that the answer to Greif’s question is ‘yes’.

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