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Twelve Theories of Human Nature


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*=New to this Edition Preface: Introduction: Rival Theories and Critical Assessments 1. Confucianism: The Way of the Sages, by David L. Haberman 2. Upanishadic Hinduism: Quest for Ultimate Knowledge, by David L. Haberman 3. Buddhism: In the Footsteps of the Buddha, by David L. Haberman 4. Plato: The Rule of Reason 5. Aristotle: The Ideal of Human Fulfillment 6. The Bible: Humanity in Relation to God * 7. Islam: Submission to God, by Peter Matthews Wright Historical Interlude: 8. Kant: Reasons and Causes, Morality and Religion 9. Marx: The Economic Basis of Human Societies * 10. Freud: The Unconscious Basis of Mind 11. Sartre: Radical Freedom 12. Darwinian Theories of Human Nature Conclusion: A Synthesis of the Theories?: Index:

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Leslie Stevenson is Honorary Reader in Philosophy, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. David L. Haberman is Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University at Bloomington. Peter Matthews Wright is Assistant Professor of Religion at Colorado College.


"Twelve Theories of Human Nature is the exact model of what an introductory textbook should be: a student coming to the subject for the first time will be able to understand the contentions of different (and difficult) theories of human nature; at the same time, nothing here is dumbed down. The book is consistently clear, precise, deep, engaging, and accurate."--Brian R. Clack, University of San Diego "Excellent. I have been using this book since the first edition. The inclusion of the treatment of evolutionary theories of human nature is particularly valuable."--Val Dusek, University of New Hampshire "I have asked my students often whether they think the text is one they would like me to assign again next semester and they agree again and again. There really is no other better book."--Patricia Turrisi, University of North Carolina-Wilmington "I cannot think of another philosophy text written for the undergraduate on this topic that is as clear, unpretentious, and informative as this book."--Zachary Ernst, University of Missouri-Columbia

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