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Ten Theories Of Human Nature

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  112 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Ten Theories of Human Nature compresses into a small space the essence of such thinkers as Plato, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Jean-Paul Sartre, B.F. Skinner, and Konrad Lorenz. Moreover, the authors juxtapose the ideas of these and other thinkers in a way that helps us to understand how humanity has struggled to comprehend its nature. We see, for instance, how Skinner's theo ...more
Published October 29th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 21st 1998)
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David Withun
Jun 21, 2012 David Withun rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Humans
Shelves: philosophy
This is an excellent introduction to ten fascinating and influential ways of answering the question "what does it mean to be human?" The authors present fair and insightful explanations of the approach offered within each system, giving us a description of the thought of that system, including some very good background information, their diagnosis of the human condition and prescription for it, as well as an analysis and critique of the system. In all of this, the book also serves very well as a ...more
Pat Burke
Oct 01, 2008 Pat Burke rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in human nature; in proof of God
A fairly balanced study, covering concepts of human nature as presented in Christianity, Confucianism, Plato, Kant, Freud, Sartre and some modern psychologists (Skinner). It is clear and well written. Kantian in approach, it asserts that certain Christian positions are not open to empirical proof. [In his "Man and Values", Cormac Burke takes the writers up on this point, arguing that if not open to an empirical approach, such positions are open to rational proof
Allison O
Really comprehensive. Supposed to be a first year book for philosophy students, but I struggled with a couple of the chapters myself, and I'm supposed to know what I'm talking about! (to a certain extent)
K.G. White
"lucid and accessible", this because briefly covers Confuciansim, Hinduism, The Old and New Testaments, Plato, Kant, Marx, Freud, Sartre and their discussions of the human condition. The book focuses and man's struggle to reconcile what is natural. I read this for a philosophy class in College, but it doesn't necessarily read like a text book, it is really quite interesting. Beware, it will cause you to think existentially and that can lead to some crazy tangents. You should read this book along ...more
It was really hard for me to concentrate on a philosophy book before but this simple introduction of 10 theories of human nature was a complete source of understanding the basics.
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