Nature Within the Human

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There are three dominant views about the relationship between humans and the ‘nature within themselves’:

Social Constructionism

Human nature does not exist or does not matter, because we are culturally, historically, and therefore socially constructed, and thus, we can change ourselves and our societies.


Like animals we have a nature and purpose that is related to the survival of our species, and our successful adaptation to natural conditions.


We are animals rooted in biology and we can change and enhance our natures by manipulating biological constraints.

(From the reading notes of Michel Bauwens, original source unknown)