Aging and Human Nature

Perspectives from Philosophical, Theological, and Historical Anthropology

  • Mark Schweda
  • Michael Coors
  • Claudia Bozzaro

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Aging and the Human Condition

  3. Aging, Body, and Space

  4. Aging, Time, and Narrativity

  5. Aging in Relations

  6. Anthropological Views of Aging in Contemporary Discourses and Practices

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 285-287

About this book


This book focuses on ageing as a topic of philosophical, theological, and historical anthropology. It provides a systematic inventory of fundamental theoretical questions and assumptions involved in the discussion of ageing and old age. What does it mean for human beings to grow old and become more vulnerable and dependent? How can we understand the manifestations of ageing and old age in the human body? How should we interpret the processes of change in the temporal course of a human life? What impact does old age have on the social dimensions of human existence? In order to tackle these questions, the volume brings together internationally distinguished scholars from the fields of philosophy, theology, cultural studies, social gerontology, and ageing studies. The collection of their original articles makes a twofold contribution to contemporary academic discourse. On one hand, it helps to clarify and deepen our understanding of ageing and old age by examining it from the fundamental point of view of philosophical, theological, and historical anthropology. At the same time, it also enhances and expands the discourses of philosophical, theological, and historical anthro­pology by systematically taking into account that human beings are essentially ageing creatures.


Growing Old in the Human Body Historical Anthropology Philosophical Anthropology Social Dimensions of Human Existence Theological Anthropology Spirituality and Transcendence in Old Age Ageing and Human Condition Dependence and Passivity in Ageing Ageing and Vulnerability Ageing and the Life Course Ageing and Care and Caregiving

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark Schweda
    • 1
  • Michael Coors
    • 2
  • Claudia Bozzaro
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Health Services ResearchUniversity of OldenburgOldenburg, Lower SaxonyGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Social Ethics, Faculty of TheologyUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Medical Ethics & History of MedicineUniversity of FreiburgFreiburg im BreisgauGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25096-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25097-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-5841
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-585X
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