Ideas of Human Nature: An Historical Introduction

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Ideas of Human Nature presents twelve of the most influential western thinkers on the topic of human nature. This updated second edition includes new chapters on Locke and Kant and a new conclusion on postmodernism. The thinkers are all examined in their historical context and their relevance to contemporary controversies is discussed.
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Overview

Ideas of Human Nature presents twelve of the most influential western thinkers on the topic of human nature. This updated second edition includes new chapters on Locke and Kant and a new conclusion on postmodernism. The thinkers are all examined in their historical context and their relevance to contemporary controversies is discussed.
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"Professor Trigg's book is clear, accurate and absorbing, wellworth recommending to anyone seriously interested in finding outwhat sort of thing we might be thought to be." Stephen Clark,University of Liverpool

‘Trigg’s new edition offers the best introductionavailable to prominent approaches to human nature. It is lucid,accessible and comprehensive. The book will be highly engaging andinstructive for undergraduate students from variousdisciplines.’ – Paul Moser; Loyola UniversityChicago

‘The great attractions of Roger Trigg’s book are itsinterdisciplinary character and its broad historical sweep, givingstudents a clear sense of both continuity and change in thoughtabout fundamental issues concerning human nature. I don’tknow of any other book which rivals it in these respects.’– E. J. Lowe, University of Durham

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631145349
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1988
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 184

Meet the Author

Roger Trigg is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. His publications include Rationality and Religion (Blackwell, 1998), Rationality and Science (Blackwell, 1993) and Understanding Social Science (Blackwell, 1985). He was the first President (1993-6) of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, and in 1996-7 was Stanton Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge. He is currently President of the Mind Association.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction 1
1 Plato c.429-347 B.C. 5
2 Aristotle 384-322 B.C. 20
3 Aquinas 1225-1274 A.D. 35
4 Hobbes 1588-1679 50
5 Locke 1632-1704 64
6 Hume 1711-1776 79
7 Kant 1724-1804 94
8 Darwin 1809-1882 109
9 Marx 1818-1883 124
10 Nietzsche 1844-1900 139
11 Freud 1856-1939 153
12 Wittgenstein 1889-1951 168
Conclusion to the Second Edition 183
Notes 198
Bibliography 208
Index 212
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