Faculty of Arts

PHIL 152

Philosophy and Theories of Human Nature


What is human nature? In this course we reflect upon how we might make sense of the kind of beings that we are, and we ask whether it is possible to articulate an answer that is truthful, robust and coherent. The course covers competing conceptions of human nature found in religious, philosophical and political thought alongside theories that deny the existence of a human nature. Philosophers discussed may include: Aristotle, Descartes, Nietzsche, Plato, Hobbes, Marx, Sartre and Christian thinkers.

Availability 2012

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Distinguished Professor Stephen Davies
Dr Matheson Russell


Coursework + exam


PHIL 152: 15.0 points

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