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PHI 201. Philosophy of the Human Person

In this course, students will be introduced to the philosophical study of the human person, with a special emphasis on achieving self-understanding through classical philosophical psychology. This class will explore the unity of soul and matter, the immortality of the soul, the meaning of human freedom, and role of the passions in human psychology. Students in this course will be equipped to:

  • define and understand the most important ideas in the study of the human person including soul, passion, intellect, will, et cetera
  • demonstrate the immortality of the human soul, the body-soul unity of the human person, the dignity of the human body, and the centrality of love in the human psyche
  • employ the ideas of classical philosophical psychology in order to achieve a high degree of self-understanding
  • critically engage the modern confusions and distortions related to the dignity and nature of the human person.

Text for the Course:

Torchia, Joseph. Exploring Personhood: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Nature. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008. (EP)

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Prima Pars. Translated by the English Dominican Fathers. Accessed: http://newadvent.org/summa/1.htm (August 20, 2018)

Sequence of Classes:

  • Introduction to the Philosophy of the Human Person
  • Platonic Dualism I
  • Platonic Dualism II
  • Thomist Anthropology I: Unity of the Human Person
  • Thomist Anthropology II: Powers of the Soul
  • Thomist Anthropology III: Sense, Passions, and Temperament
  • Thomist Anthropology IV: Intellect
  • Thomist Anthropology V: Freedom
  • Thomist Anthropology VI: Immortality
  • Materialism
  • Postmodernism
  • Modern Bifurcation and Final Comments