Twelve Theories of Human Nature (6th edition)

ISBN : 9780199859030

Leslie Stevenson; David L. Haberman; Peter Matthews Wright
320 Pages
148 x 209 mm
Pub date
Jun 2013
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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 to those 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 students 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, this unique volume will engage and motivate students and other readers to consider how we can understand and improve both ourselves and human society.


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
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

About the author: 

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.

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