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The Future of Human Nature

Germany—even when contrasted with other European countries—has taken a very conservative attitude toward anything that smacks of eugenics (for clear historical reasons), and Habermas has been one of the most prominent voices reminding his countrymen that they cannot and dare … Continue reading

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A Neuro-Philosophy of Human Nature: Emotional Amoral Egoism and the Five Motivators of Humankind

In 1893, at an event in Oxford, biologist Thomas Henry Huxley (and staunch supporter of Darwin’s ideas – support which earned him the nickname “Darwin’s bulldog”) laid out his theory of human nature and morality. His theory posited that the … Continue reading

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How the Enlightenment sold us a twisted view of Human Nature

Why the historian David Wootton thinks we should question our assumptions about human psychology. A new book by David Wootton, a British historian of ideas, argues that the second interpretation has prevailed in the West and that it has permeated every … Continue reading

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