Monday’s Mtg: Is There a Universal Human Nature?

This week we have a great crosscutting topic, suggested a while back by Aaron. Whether there is a universal human nature involves philosophy, neuroscience, biology, psychology, and nearly every other -ology I can think of. Politics is wrapped up in there, too. Believing in a particular variant of a universal human nature is the stepping stone to believing in a universal human morality, which leads to political philosophy and political principles.

I’m under the weather this weekend. So, here are some readings on some of the things selected philosophers and modern scientists think about the universality of human nature. If I had more time and felt better, I would try to summarize the works of major philosophers of human nature, particularly Hume and Aristotle. But, since my knowledge is slight on some of them, I’ll just open with something and then we can discuss.

SUGGESTED BACKGROUND READINGS –

Next Week: How Should We Talk to the “Other Side” About Politics?

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One response

  1. Of course, if there is a human nature, the question immediately arises, what is it? And the answer from history and anthropology is surely, that it is extremely various. There are hardly any limits in any direction.
    Therefore, if one attempts to define it, it is very difficult to come up with specific traits about which one can say, this is universal.
    Unfortunately won’t be able to attend the meeting.
    But if this group can do that, I would like to hear about it!

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