For courses on Human Nature and The Human Species in Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology and/or Anthropology. Unique in both scope and organization, this anthology presents an intriguing yet challenging introduction to the world's great ideas concerning the nature of human nature - with a sampling of different approaches. The material has been carefully selected and conceptually organized to make sense to students. The selections are drawn from religious writings, academic treatises, nonfiction, fiction, etc. - enabling students to encounter the great thinkers through their own words.