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TOO much has been said about Dawkins’s thoughts on God and not enough about his thoughts on Man, a subject far closer to home. This is a major and timely critique of the great biologist’s arguments around ‘human nature’ and morality, drawing on classic British philosophical treatments of those subjects from Hobbes to Hume (but also with reference to Aristotle and Kant). The author hopes that it will interest the general reader and at the same time fuel debate among the experts in philosophy, biology, and the history of ideas.

Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes
(1588–1679)

John Locke

John Locke
(1632–1704)

Third Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

Third Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)
(1671–1713)

David Hume

David Hume
(1711–1776)

Joseph (Bishop) Butler

Joseph (Bishop) Butler
(1692–1752)

Francis Hutcheson

Francis Hutcheson
(1694–1746)

Bernard Mandeville

Bernard Mandeville
(1670–1733)

Aristotle

Aristotle
(384–322 BC)

Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant
(1724–1804)