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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS: FROM COMMUNITIES TO INDIVIDUALS

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In his description of what he calls "social constructionism," he rejects any form of cultural relativism (as if the virtues and the vices were simply cultural impositions or inventions), yet he declares his intent to convey a due appreciation for the complex cultural processes involved in understanding human behavior and emotions in relation to morality. N.'s comprehensive review of the scholarly literature on medieval treatments is particularly valuable for its typology of the main approaches to these vices and its assessment of the likelihood of each approach to generate the type of insights readily accessible to the social sciences.

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