Theories of human nature

They relate to their life activity, and are not simply identical with it. Marx makes explicit his view that humans develop new needs to replace old: Furthermore, "this gene selfishness will usually give rise to selfishness in individual behavior".

Aristotle developed the standard presentation of this approach with his theory of four causes. Our examination of causes must stop somewhere.

In contrast to Rousseau, David Hume was a critic of the oversimplifying and systematic approach of Hobbes, Rousseau, and some others whereby, for example, all human nature is assumed to be driven by variations of selfishness. Influenced by Hutcheson and Shaftesburyhe argued against oversimplification.

It is in part a "generalization from obvious facts" open to empirical observation. A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver, and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells.

By this account, human nature really causes humans to become what they become, and so it exists somehow independently of individual humans. Beware, it will cause you to think existentially and that can lead to some crazy tangents. Life and the species as the objects of humans[ edit ] To say that A is the object of some subject B, means that B specified as an agent acts upon A in some respect.

However, when abstracted from other aspects of human activity, and turned into final and exclusive ends, they are animal. They go to work not to express their human nature but to find theirs means of subsistence.

The cultivation of learning and intellectual growth of the philosopher, which Theories of human nature thereby also the happiest and least painful life. Part I of Karl Marx by Allen Wood provides a highly readable survey of the evidence concerning what Marx thought of human nature and his concept of alienation.

The answer to this question is a difficult one, and a closer consideration of the arguments in the literature is necessary for a full answer than can be given in this article. But what distinguishes the worst architect from the best of bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in imagination before he erects it in reality.

In the first place, it is part of the explanation for the growth of the productive forceswhich Marx conceives of as the driving force of history. Since - as we have seen - human nature consists in a particular set of vital drives and tendencies, whose exercise constitutes flourishing, alienation is a condition wherein these drives and tendencies are stunted.

The nature of individuals thus depends on the material conditions determining their production. The human soul in the works of Plato and Aristotle has a divided nature, divided in a specifically human way.

As William James put it in his study of human nature from a religious perspective, "religion" has a "department of human nature". But the essence of man is no abstraction inherent in each single individual.

Not only do the objective conditions change in the act of reproduction, e.

See especially chapter 2. I would also like to see feminism treated in a chapter of its own rather than inserted throughout and therefore permeating the entire book; feminism stands as a philosophy or, rather, several philosophies in its own right and I see no need nor justice in allowing its presuppositions to color the treatment that the rest of the philosophies in the book receive.

In all of this, the book also serves very well as a This is an excellent introduction to ten fascinating and influential ways of answering the question "what does it mean to be human?

Ten Theories of Human Nature

So in that case, why do the productive forces grow - does human nature have anything to do with it? Nor does Cohen say that the sort of self-understanding that can be found through religion etc. For example, an oak tree is made of plant cells mattergrew from an acorn effectexhibits the nature of oak trees formand grows into a fully mature oak tree end.

White rated it liked it "lucid and accessible", this because briefly covers Confuciansim, Hinduism, The Old and New Testaments, Plato, Kant, Marx, Freud, Sartre and their discussions of the human condition.

Human nature

The problem is this: The entire book can be read online [34]. This proposal was also less famously made by Giambattista Vico. One part is specifically human and rational, and divided into a part which is rational on its own, and a spirited part which can understand reason.

Feuerbach, who does not enter upon a criticism of this real essence is hence obliged: He has conscious life activity. Biologist Richard Dawkins in his The Selfish Gene states that "a predominant quality" in a successful surviving gene is "ruthless selfishness".

The efficient and the material as they are investigated and received, that is, as remote causes, without reference to the latent process leading to the form are but slight and superficial, and contribute little, if anything, to true and active science. To abstract from the historical process and to define the religious sentiment regarded by itself, and to presuppose an abstract — isolated - human individual.Human nature is the sum total of our species identity, the mental, physical, and spiritual characteristics that make humans uniquely, well, human.

Plato and Aristotle described human nature with.

Theories of human nature provides a philosophical analysis into human nature through the investigation of issues, including the mind and body, perceptions and conception, freedom and determinism, death and immortality, the relation of the human to nature and the divine, and reason and emotion (Professor Galgan, Course Syllabus).

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Marx and Human Nature: Refutation of a Legend by Norman Geras () is a concise argument against the view that Marx did not believe there was something such as human nature, in particular the confusion surrounding the sixth of the Theses on Feuerbach.

Summary of Plato’s Theory of Human Nature. October 11, Human Nature-Philosophical, Plato John Messerly. Plato: The Rule of Reason (This is a summary of a chapter in a book I often used in university classes: Twelve Theories of Human Nature.

Phrases in brackets are my commentaries.). Theories of Human Nature, esteemed author Louis P.

Marx's theory of human nature

Pojman seeks to find answers to these questions by exploring major theories in Western philosophy and religion, along with several traditions in Eastern thought. The most comprehensive work of its kind, the volume opens with chapters on the Hebrew/Christian view of human nature and the 4/5(13).

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