Theories of Human Nature : Classical and Contemporary Readings

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1991-10-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages

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This is an historically organized collection of readings from 15 thinkers, from Plato to the present, including non-western (Mencius) and feminist (de Beauvoir) texts. Helpful editorial features include introductions to each writer, discussion questions, annotated bibliographies, and a general introduction to reading philosophical texts.

Table of Contents

General Introduction.

1. PLATO: The Republic.

2. ARISTOTLE: Nicomachean Ethics.

3. MENCIUS: The Book of Mencius.

4. LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA: On the Happy Life.

5. AUGUSTINE: The Free Choice of the Will.

6. THOMAS AQUINAS: Summa Theologiae.

7. RENE DESCARTES: Meditations on First Philosophy.

8. DAVID HUME: An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals.

9. KARL MARX: Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844.

10. FREIDRICH NIETZSCHE: Human, All Too Human.

11. SIGMUND FREUD: Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis.

12. JEAN-PAUL SARTRE: Existentialism Is a Humanism.

13. SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR: The Ethics of Ambiguity.

14. B. F. SKINNER: About Behaviorism.

15. EDWARD O. WILSON: On Human Nature

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