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Ten Theories of Human Nature

Ten Theories of Human Nature - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0195169744

Cover of Ten Theories of Human Nature 4TH 04 (ISBN 978-0195169744)
ISBN13: 978-0195169744
ISBN10: 0195169743
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 04
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2004
International: No

List price: $34.95

Ten Theories of Human Nature - 4TH 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195169744

Leslie Forster Stevenson

ISBN13: 978-0195169744
ISBN10: 0195169743
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 04
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Ten Theories of Human Nature compresses into a small space the essence of such ancient traditions as Confucianism, Hinduism, and the Old and New Testaments as well as the theories of Plato, Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Jean-Paul Sartre. The authors juxtapose the ideas of these and other thinkers and traditions in a way that helps readers understand how humanity has struggled to comprehend its nature. To encourage readers 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 for these problems. Ideal for introductory courses in human nature, philosophy, religious studies, and intellectual history, Ten Theories of Human Nature will engage and motivate students and other readers to consider how we can understand and improve both ourselves and human society.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Rival Theories and Critical Assessments p. 1
Confucianism: The Way of the Sages p. 10
Upanishadic Hinduism: Quest for Ultimate Knowledge p. 27
The Bible: Humanity in Relation to God p. 47
Plato: The Rule of Reason p. 69
Aristotle: The Ideal of Human Fulfillment p. 87
Historical Interlude p. 105
Kant: Reasons and Causes, History and Religion p. 119
Marx: The Economic Basis of Human Societies p. 138
Freud: The Unconscious Basis of Mind p. 156
Sartre: Radical Freedom p. 176
Darwinian Theories of Human Nature p. 196
Conclusion: Toward a Synthesis of the Theories? p. 236
Index p. 247
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