Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 June 2017

336 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190604721

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Thirteen Theories of Human Nature

Seventh Edition

Leslie Stevenson, David L. Haberman, Peter Matthews Wright, and Charlotte Witt

  • Provides a concise and accessible introduction to Eastern and Western theories of human nature, featuring perspectives from Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Plato, Aristotle, the Bible, Islam, Kant, Marx, Freud, Sartre, Darwinism, and Feminist Philosophy
  • A four-part parallel chapter structure allows for easy comparison and analysis of theories. Each chapter examines the highlighted theory's ideas on the nature of the universe, the nature of humanity, its diagnosis of the ills of humanity, and its proposed cure for these problems.
  • An introduction invites readers to think carefully and critically about human nature
  • A "Historical Interlude" mini-chapter summarizes the history of ideas from the Stoics to the Enlightenment

New to this Edition:

  • A new thirteenth chapter on feminist theories of human nature by contributing author Charlotte Witt
  • The discussion of ethical and religious implications of evolution, formerly part of the book's conclusion, now appears as a fourth section in Chapter 12, Darwinian Theories of Human Nature
  • Key terms, bolded at their first occurrence, listed at the end of each chapter, and defined in a glossary at the end of the book
  • New questions for discussion at the end of each chapter, providing material for further reflection, classroom dialogue, and assignments

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