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Ideas of Human Nature - an Historical Introduction2e

By Professor Roger Trigg

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Format: Paperback, 226 pages, 2nd Revised edition Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 November 1999
Ideas of Human Nature, now revised and updated in this second edition, presents twelve of the most influential Western thinkers on the topic of human nature. Roger Trigg examines the thinkers in their historical context and discusses their relevance to contemporary controversies.The issues covered include perennial philosophical problems: the connection between mind and body: life after death: the role of reason: free-will and determinism: the relationship between the individual and society: and the problem of relativism.Including new chapters on Locke and Kant, this book is an accessible and key text for anyone interested in the theories that have altered the course of human history, and continue to impact on our lives today.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition. Introduction. 1. Plato c. 429-347 BC. 2. Aristotle 384-322 BC. 3. Aquinas 1225-1274. 4. Hobbes 1588-1679. 5. Locke 1632-1704. 6. Hume 1711-1776. 7. Kant 1724- 804. 8. Darwin 1809-1882. 9. Marx 1818-1883. 10. Nietzsche 1844-1900. 11. Freud 1856-1939. 12. Wittgenstein 1889-1951. Conclusion to the Second Edition. Notes. Bibliography. Index.

About 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.


"Professor Trigg's book is clear, accurate and absorbing, well worth recommending to anyone seriously interested in finding out what sort of thing we might be thought to be." Stephen Clark, University of Liverpool ?Trigg?s new edition offers the best introduction available to prominent approaches to human nature. It is lucid, accessible and comprehensive. The book will be highly engaging and instructive for undergraduate students from various disciplines.? ? Paul Moser; Loyola University Chicago ?The great attractions of Roger Trigg?s book are its interdisciplinary character and its broad historical sweep, giving students a clear sense of both continuity and change in thought about fundamental issues concerning human nature. I don?t know of any other book which rivals it in these respects.? ? E. J. Lowe, University of Durham

EAN: 9780631214069
ISBN: 0631214062
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Dimensions: 21.5 x 14 x 1.3 centimetres (0.30 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Colin Burt on
This book is an interesting read, and serves as a good introduction to what these twelve western thinkers have thought on the topic of human nature. It is very simple and easy to read and presents its ideas clearly. It is short - and that is also why this book is ideally suited to those unfamiliar with these thinkers and this topic: this is a very elementary introduction, and once read, will not be returned to as those who want to know more will need to look elsewhere.

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