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I. Dogmatics – II. Ethics

I. Dogmatics

1. Used since the Renaissance in a number of European languages, the term humanity is derived from the Latin concept humanitas, which is itself dependent on Gk ϕιλανϑρωπία/philanthrōpía, “philanthropy, human kindness.” Two basic types of usage can be singled out: (a) in asymmetric relationships, humanity describes the friendly/condescending attitude, the goodwill, or the charitable deeds of those in higher positions (aristocrats, politicia…

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Zippert, Thomas and Andersen, Svend, “Humanity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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