The Perfectibility of Human Nature in Eastern and Western Thought

How perfectible is human nature as understood in Eastern and Western philosophy, psychology, and religion? Harold Coward examines some of the very different answers to this question. He poses that in Western thought, including philosophy, psychology, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, human nature is often understood as finite, flawed, and not perfectible in religion requiring God s grace and the afterlife to reach the goal. By contrast, Eastern thought arising in India frequently sees hum…

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