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Ideas of Human Nature: An Historical Introduction, 2nd Edition

Ideas of Human Nature: An Historical Introduction, 2nd Edition

Roger Trigg

ISBN: 978-0-631-21405-2 November 1999 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages


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Ideas of Human Nature (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.
Preface to the Second Edition.


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.




"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<!--end-->

‘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

* Contains new chapters on Kant and Locke.
* Presents twelve of the most influential western thinkers on the topic of human nature.
* Combines historical context with cotempory relevance
* Discusses monumental theories and phliosophical problems