Further Study

Evolution & History

Evolution and Human Nature by Arthur J. Johnson

Review: A Better Ape: The Evolution of the Moral Mind and How it Made us Human– Notre Dame Philosophy Reviews

Body & Mind

The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky

The Biology of Human Behavior by John McManamy


Human Nature of Religion by Phil Zuckerman

Individual Websites

Cognitive Dissidence David L. Smith PhD
Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog Brian Leiter PhD

Books We're Looking At

Below are the books that we are currently looking at to gain more insight on the concept of Human Nature.

Books We Are Looking At:

Can We Get Human Nature Right?

by Berent, Iris (Author); Pinker, Steven (Editor)

Why We Disagree About Human Nature 1st Edition

by Hannon, Elizabeth (Editor) & Lewens, Tim (Editor)

What’s Left of Human Nature?: A Post-Essentialist, Pluralist, and Interactive Account of a Contested Concept

by Kronfeldner, Maria (Author)

Account of a Contested Concept

by Kronfeldner, Maria (Author)

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

by Pinker, Steven (Author) 

Human Nature in a Post-Essentialist World

by Ramsey, Grant (Author)

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

by Sapolsky, Robert (Author)

We are looking for the right person to read and create a study guide for each of these books. The study guide would include video as well as text components. The Human Nature Forum is offering $500.00 for each study guide including: an introduction and overview of each book that addresses how the book relates to the topic of human nature as well as the principle insights that the book offers. I am looking for a person with a background in the study of philosophy, psychology, evolutionary biology, behavioral science, or a related field. Higher pay is possible based on education and experience.

Other Books and Articles

Additional Readings

The Human Condition

by Arendt, Hannah

The Brothers Karamazov

by Dostoevsky, Fyodor

Man’s Search for Meaning

by Frankl, Viktor E.

Les Miserables

by Hugo, Victor

Human Nature and the Limits of Darwinism

by Kaufman, Whitley R. P.

The Prince

by Machiavelli, Niccolo

Beyond Good and Evil

by Nietzsche, Friedrich

The Republic

by Plato

Determined: A Science of Life Without Free Will

by Sapolsky, Robert

Readings for Tamar Szabó Gendler’s Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature course. (Open access course Yale University)

Readings for Tamar Szabó Gendler’s: Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature course. (Open access course; Yale University)

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, translated Terence Irwin. Hackett Publishing, 2000.

Blackburn, Simon. The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, second edition. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Epictetus. The Handbook (The Encheiridion), translated by Nicholas White. Hackett Publishing, 1983.

Haidt, Jonathan. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. Basic Books, 2006

Plato, Republic, trans. G.M.A. Grube and C.D.C. Reeve. Hackett Publishing, 1992.

Shay, Jonathan. Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character. Simon & Schuster, 1995.


Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Human Nature and Human Diversity

Harvard College Human Nature (Gen Ed 1056)

Yale University Philosophy and Science of Human Nature

The Great Courses Understanding the Dark Side of Human Nature

Academic Programs



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