Human nature(s): Human nature at the crossroad of conflicting interests

Aku Visala, Agustin Fuentes

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Human nature is a contested concept and notions of it vary across disciplines. Despite this diversity, three basic notions of human nature emerge. One identifies human nature with properties that are innate, hardwired or products of some kind of necessary essence. Another understands it as consisting of properties that make human unique or distinct from non-human animals. Finally, some seek human nature by attempting to identify universal or near-universal properties of humans. While the sciences might not give us a robust form of innate or hardwired human nature, human nature as a concept might still serve other, non-scientific, goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-42
Number of pages18
JournalTheology and Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • History and Philosophy of Science


  • Human nature
  • Humanity
  • Innate
  • Uniqueness
  • Universality


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