Three Theories of Human Nature
2009 (English)In: Zygon, ISSN 0591-2385, E-ISSN 1467-9744, Vol. 44, no 4, 894-920 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In The Blank Slate: the Modern Denial of Human Nature, Steven Pinker maintains that, at the present time, there are three competing views of human nature, a Christian theory, a “blank slate” theory (what I shall call a social constructivist theory) and a Darwinian theory, and that it is the last of these that will triumph in the end. It is argued that neither the outcome of such competition nor the particular content of these theories are as clear as Pinker believes them to be. In this essay a critical as well as constructive look is taken at the challenge presented by a Darwinian theory of human nature – a challenge to the social sciences and the humanities, but also to theology and more specifically to a Christian understanding of human nature.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 44, no 4, 894-920 p.
Blank slate, Christian, Darwinian, Evolutionary psychology, Human beings, Human nature, Pinker, Religion, Social constructivism, Standard Social Science Model.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-110830DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.2009.01040.xISI: 000272132900010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-110830DiVA: diva2:278495