Concepts of Human Nature

Derek A. Leben, Concepts Of Human Nature, Spring 2015

Course Description:

An introduction to some ways in which ethical and social thought has been influenced by different views of human nature. Readings are from such authors as Plato, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, and Freud.

Required Texts:

-The Study of Human Nature edited by Leslie Stevenson
-Walden Two by B.F. Skinner
-The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
-The Better Angels of Our Natures by Steven Pinker

Martin A. Rice, Concepts of Human Nature, Spring 2011

Course Description:

An introduction to some ways in which ethical and social thought has been influenced by different views of human nature. Readings are from such authors as Plato, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, and Freud.

Required Texts:

-Haeckel, The Riddle of the Universe.
-Keith Campbell, Body and Mind
-C.S. Lewis, Miracles
-J.S. Mill, On Liberty
-Fromm, ed., Marx' Concept of Man

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Concepts Of Human Nature, Spring 2014

Course Description:

An introduction to some ways in which ethical and social thought has been influenced by different views of human nature. Readings are from such authors as Plato, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, and Freud.

Required Texts:

Walden Two by B.F. Skinner
The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
The Better Angels of Our Natures by Steven Pinker
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

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