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of human nature are varied throughout history and across academic
disciplines. The various theories of human nature help us
to define the concept as it relates to nature, such as the
definition of orignal sin and its external effects on human
behavior. Sir Francis Bacon's interpretation of human nature
challenges our ability to dominate over physical nature; and
even, as one critic has said, "degrades and makes possible
the exploitation of the natural environment." On the
other hand, Rousseau places nature at the center of human
nature by immersing himself in it both physically and mentally,
as a means of achieving harmony within it. The contrasting
theories of Bacon and Rousseau provide an interesting
look at the concept of human nature.