The Houghton Street Review - Issue Four: HUMAN NATURE

On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.

– George Orwell, All Art Is Propaganda (2008)

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Call for Papers - Vol. 1 Issue 4

The Theme:

We are issuing a call for papers for our fourth, online, issue of the Houghton Street Review. The theme will be Human Nature. (Vol.1 Issue 4)

The issue will be edited by LSE students and released in April 2015.

The Questions:

This issue’s theme is purposively wide-ranging in terms of potential approaches. We will be happy to consider contributions that explore all aspects of the subject area, including, for instance, the following questions (these are merely examples and not intended as a comprehensive list):

  • Is humanity the sole cause of nature, or does humanity have to be nurtured?
  • Is there a human nature?
  • Is the concept of human nature more ideological than anthropological?
  • How are humans natural?
  • Why should we care about human nature?
  • Is an understanding of human nature necessary for any undertaking in political sciences?
  • Is our pursuit of richness human nature or a social construction?
  • ‘Seeking the good life is the ultimate end of human nature.’ Discuss.

We also welcome philosophical, historical, sociological analyses or commentaries of existing views held on Human Nature.

We welcome contributions from authors with a quantitative background, e.g.:

  • How do social norms effect how we view payoffs?
  • Is it human nature to behave like a rational economic agent?

The deadline for submission is March 23, 2015 at 11:59pm

All papers must be submitted via the Submission Form on the Houghton Street Review website.

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Submissions are to follow the Houghton Street Review format. See our Submission Guidelines for details.


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