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Published: 18 October 2012

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780199859030

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Twelve Theories of Human Nature

Sixth Edition

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

  • A concise and accessible introduction to Eastern and Western theories of human nature
  • Increased from covering ten theories to twelve theories, the book features the theories of Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Plato, Aristotle, the Bible, Islam, Kant, Marx, Freud, Sartre, and Darwinism
  • Offers a four-part parallel structure among chapters to allow for easy comparison and analysis of theories: examining the theories and background assumptions about the nature of the universe, their essential claims about human nature, their diagnosis of what goes wrong with us, and their prescription for how to put things right.
  • Includes an Introduction that invites readers to careful, critical thought about human nature and a Conclusion that suggests a way to synthesize the various theories
  • Features a Historical Interlude mini-chapter summarizing the history of ideas from the Stoics to the Enlightenment
  • Invites readers to think for themselves and critically evaluate the various theories
  • Ideal for introductory courses in human nature, philosophy, religious studies, and intellectual history