Twelve Theories of Human Nature

Paperback | September 6, 2012

byLeslie Stevenson, David L. Haberman, Peter Matthews Wright

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Over five previous editions, Ten Theories of Human Nature has been a remarkably popular introduction to some of the most influential developments in Western and Eastern thought. Now titled Twelve Theories of Human Nature, the sixth edition adds chapters on Islam (by Peter Wright) and Freud tothose on Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Plato, Aristotle, the Bible, Kant, Marx, Sartre, and Darwinism. The authors juxtapose the ideas of these and other thinkers and traditions in a way that helps students understand how humanity has struggled to comprehend its nature. To encourage studnents to think critically for themselves and to underscore the similarities and differences between the many theories, the book examines each one on four points - the nature of the universe, the nature of humanity, the diagnosis of the ills of humanity, and the proposed cure forthese problems. Ideal for introductory courses in human nature, philosophy, religious studies, and intellectual history, this unique volume will engage and motivate students and other readers to consider how we can understand and improve both ourselves and human society.

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Over five previous editions, Ten Theories of Human Nature has been a remarkably popular introduction to some of the most influential developments in Western and Eastern thought. Now titled Twelve Theories of Human Nature, the sixth edition adds chapters on Islam (by Peter Wright) and Freud tothose on Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, P...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 6, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199859035

ISBN - 13:9780199859030

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*=New to this EditionPrefaceIntroduction: Rival Theories and Critical Assessments1. David L. Haberman: Confucianism: The Way of the Sages2. David L. Haberman: Upanishadic Hinduism: Quest for Ultimate Knowledge3. David L. Haberman: Buddhism: In the Footsteps of the Buddha4. Plato: The Rule of Reason5. Aristotle: The Ideal of Human Fulfillment6. The Bible: Humanity in Relation to God7. Peter Matthews Wright: Islam: Submission to God *Historical Interlude8. Kant: Reasons and Causes, Morality and Religion9. Marx: The Economic Basis of Human Societies10. Freud: The Unconscious Basis of Mind *11. Sartre: Radical Freedom12. Darwinian Theories of Human NatureConclusion: A Synthesis of the Theories?Index