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The Study of Human Nature : A Reader - Leslie Stevenson

The Study of Human Nature

A Reader

By: Leslie Stevenson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th November 1999
ISBN: 9780195127157
Number Of Pages: 336

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Now in a new edition, this exceptional anthology provides an introduction to a wide variety of views on human nature. Drawing from diverse cultures over three millennia, Leslie Stevenson has chosen selections ranging from ancient religious texts to contemporary theories based on evolutionary science. An ideal companion to the editor's recent book, Ten Theories of Human Nature, 3/e (OUP, 1998), this interdisciplinary reader can also be used independently.
The Study of Human Nature, 2/e offers substantial selections illustrating the ten perspectives discussed in Ten Theories of Human Nature, 4/e--The Bible, Hinduism, Confucianism, Plato, Kant, Marx, Freud, Sartre, B.F. Skinner's behaviorism, and Konrad Lorenz's ethological diagnosis of human aggression. The Islamic tradition is represented by a selection from the 20th-century Iranian philosopher Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhari. The 17th- and 18th-century philosophers Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Rousseau, and Kant are also represented. Selections from Rousseau, J.S. Mill, and Nancy Holmstrom discuss alleged differences between women and men, and a paper by Henry Bracken deals with racial issues. Examples from E.O. Wilson's sociobiology and his critics are also included, together with material from Chomsky and from recent evolutionary psychology.
This new edition includes more substantial selections from the Hindu, Confucian, and Christian traditions and provides more accessible extracts from Marx, Sartre, and Lorenz. An excellent reader for introductory courses in philosophy, religious studies, human nature, and intellectual history, The Study of Human Nature, 2/e, is also an essential resource for anyone interested in ancient, modern, and contemporary perspectives on human nature.

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"A superbly well chosen variety of human definitions, equipping readers in the relevant dimensions of psychology, anthropology, sociology, metaphysics, and religion."--George E. LaMore, Jr., Iowa Wesleyan College

Preface THE HEBREW BIBLE (the Old Testament) Genesis 1-3 Psalms HINDUISM Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad Katha Upanishad CONFUCIANISM Mencius, "Human Nature is Good" Hsun-tzu, "Human Nature is Evil" PLATO Republic CHRISTIANITY (the New Testament) St. Paul, Letter to the Romans St. Paul, First Letter to the Corinthians ISLAM Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhari, "Man and Faith" RENÉ DESCARTES Discourse on Method THOMAS HOBBES Leviathan DAVID HUME Treatise of Human Nature JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU Emile IMMANUEL KANT Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason KARL MARX The Materialist Theory of History Consciousness and the Division of Labour JOHN STUART MILL The Subjection of Women CHARLES DARWIN The Descent of Man SIGMUND FREUD B.A. Farrell, "A Reconstruction of Freud's Mature Theory" JEAN-PAUL SARTRE Existentialism and Humanism B.F. SKINNER About Behaviorism KONRAD LORENZ On Aggression NOAM CHOMSKY "Language and the Human Mind" HENRY M. BRACKEN "Essence, Accident and Race" EDWARD D. WILSON On Human Nature NANCY HOLMSTROM "Do Women Have a Distinct Nature?" STEVEN ROSE, RICHARD LEWONTIN, AND LEON J. KAMIN Not in our Genes: Biology, Ideology and Human Nature MATT RIDLEY The Origins of Virtue

ISBN: 9780195127157
ISBN-10: 0195127153
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 11th November 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.95  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised