The Philosophy of Human Nature

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The Nature of Love

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all
other goods.

—ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

[Anthropomorphous apes] might insist that they were ready to aid
their fellow-apes of the same troop in many ways, to risk their lives
for them, and to take charge of their orphans; but they would be
forced to acknowledge that disinterested love for all living crea-
tures, the most noble attribute of man, was quite beyond their
comprehension.

—CHARLES DARWIN, The Descent of Man

True love is an emotion which discharges itself in an activity that
overcomes self-centredness by expending the self on people and
on purposes beyond the self. It is an outward-going spiritual
movement from the self towards the universe and towards the ulti-
mate spiritual reality behind the universe.

—ARNOLD TOYNBEE, Surviving the Future

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The Philosophy of Human Nature
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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