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Seven Theories of Human Nature

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Drawing on philosophy, psychology, sociology, politics, biology, and theology, Stevenson introduces readers to the endlessly fascinating subject of human nature. He outlines background theories of the universe, basic approaches to human nature, diagnoses of what is wrong with humankind and prescriptions for putting it right while offering clear, critical analyses of the id ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 7th 1988 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1974)
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Eric Gulliver
Nov 02, 2009 Eric Gulliver rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an introduction to general tenants and postulates. In such a small space, it is difficult to detail anything other than broad, esoteric references to texts. I found the choice to include both thinkers as well as systems of thought somewhat confusing. The attempt to quantify human nature is endless and this book does provide a very brief, concise, and broad introduction to such pursuits, but otherwise, you might as well just read the actual texts being analyzed...perhaps it would be ...more
Jan 26, 2016 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally you would get all this from Google but it is nice to have it all in one place in a hardcopy. If there are two words that I would use to describe this book they would be thorough and consistent. No wonder it sold so many copies, it is so readable, almost mathematical, so logical, so methodical, so eye-opening. (That's five more descriptive words.) Here's my take on each of the seven theories.
1) Plato said there is an almost unattainable essence in everything - intangible concepts like c
Aug 13, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it
Recommended to Erin by: self
An interesting, thought-provoking read.
Andrew Woods
Jul 22, 2012 Andrew Woods rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this introductory book by Leslie Stevenson was insightful and descriptive in discussing the philosophers and their philosophical beliefs. He doesn't delve too deep into the the doctrines and prefers giving the reader a brief( Regularly giving the reader his opinion on the topics), I feel this works in a great way as it keeps new people interested in the subject wanting more instead of forcing them to become perplexed with Philosophy terminology. Great read I enjoyed it, wished it hadn' ...more
Dec 31, 2011 Hidaliv rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite interesting book to overfly some different philosofer point of views along the history.

Libro bastante interesante para ver de pasada diferentes puntos de vista de ciertos filósofos a lo largo de la historia.
Sep 14, 2009 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: burgeoning philosophers
Recommended to Kate by: Tom Riley
Shelves: philosophy
Although Plato mentions God, or the gods, at various places, it is not clear how seriously he takes them, whether singular or plural.
Jul 15, 2013 Moira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but it's hard to imagine anyone reading outside a college-level class. Reads like a very long, very basic essay.
Nick Wallace
As a starter on sociological theory its alright, though 143 pages is hardly enough space to get into too great a depth.
Sep 13, 2014 Jules rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this at uni. An interesting read.
David Austin
read it 22 years ago. re-reading it.
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Jan 22, 2013 Saghir Shaikh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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