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What is our place in the universe? Why are we here? Ten Theories of Human Nature, Fifth Edition, is an introduction to some of the most influential developments in Western and Eastern thought that attempt to answer these and other existential questions. The book compresses into a small spacethe essence of such ancient traditions as Confucianism, Hinduism, and the Old and New Testaments, as well as the theories of Plato, Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, and Jean-Paul Sartre, and it does so in a way that helps readers understand how humanity has struggled to comprehend its nature. Tounderscore the similarities and differences among the many theories, the authors examine each on four points - the nature of the universe, the nature of humanity, the diagnoses of the ills of humanity, and the proposed cure for these problems. Not endorsing any one theory, they include criticaldiscussion throughout to encourage readers to think for themselves, along with suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Rival Theories and Critical Assessments|
|Confucianism: the Way of the Sages|
|Upanishadic Hinduism: Quest for Ultimate Knowledge|
|Buddhism: In the Footsteps of the Buddha|
|Plato: the Rule of Reason|
|Aristotle: the Ideal of Human Fulfilment|
|The Bible: Humanity in Relation to GodHistorical Interlude|
|Kant: Reasons and Causes, History and Religion|
|Marx: the Economic Basis of Human Nature|
|Sartre: Atheistic Existentialism|
|Darwinian Theories of Human Nature|
|Conclusion: Towards a Synthesis of the Theories?|
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