The Philosophy of Human Nature

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4
Are There Any Significant
Sex-Related Personality
Charactersitics?

We must throw open the debate to anyone who wishes either in
jest or in earnest to raise the question whether female human
nature is capable of sharing with the male all tasks or none at all,
or some but not others.… If it appears that the male and the
female sex have distinct qualifications for any arts or pursuits, we
shall affirm that they ought to be assigned respectively to each.
But if it appears that they differ only in just this respect that the
female bears and the male begets, we shall say that no proof has
yet been produced that the woman differs from the man for our
purposes, but we shall continue to think that our guardians and
their wives ought to follow the same pursuits.

—Plato, Republic

No one can safely pronounce that if women's nature were left to
choose its direction as freely as men's, and if no artificial bent were
attempted to be given to it except that required by the conditions
of human society, and given to both sexes alike, there would be
any material difference, or perhaps any difference at all, in the
character and capacities which would unfold themselves.

—John Stuart Mill, On the Subjection of Women

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • 1: The [Difference Question] 1
  • 2: Are There Any Distinctively Human Instincts? 15
  • 3: Can Personality Traits and Intelligence Be Inherited? 27
  • 4: Are There Any Significant Sex-Related Personality Charactersitics? 47
  • 5: The Future of Human Evolution 65
  • 6: Is Human Nature a Unity or a Duality? 81
  • 7: Human Freedom 93
  • 8: Human Development 105
  • 9: Maturity 117
  • 10: The Nature of Love 127
  • 11: Philosophy and the Paranormal 137
  • 12: Survival After Death 151
  • Epilogue - Solutions Fitting Problems 167
  • Selected Bibliography 171
  • Index 179
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