Classical Paradigms and Novel Proposals
The Concept of ‘Human Nature’: An Attempt to Approach Law from an Essentialist perspective?
Human Nature is a fascinating concept with a long history. Since ancient times, important philosophical attempts have been made to identify all of the determinants, features, and components of a biological, emotional, psychological, social, and cultural kind that potentially make up a holistic identity: The Human Nature (H.N.) The majority of these approaches to H.N. had their roots in the essentialist tradition. To put it succinctly, according to this perspective things are what they are because that is their nature, essence, or definition (see Fuchs 2001). To deal with H.N. from this essentialist point of view means to search for an all-embracing, holistic definition of the concept. But essentialist efforts to cover an all-embracing definition of H.N. are not just a thing of the past.
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