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Exploring Personhood An Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Nature

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ISBN-10: 0742548384

ISBN-13: 9780742548381

Edition: 2007

Authors: OP Torchia

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This book explores the metaphysical underpinnings of theories of human nature, personhood, and the self. The coverage of the work is broad in scope, moving from the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism, critically assessing what transpired during the intervening 2500 year period, with a special focus on the contributions of the Aristotelian/Thomistic tradition of inquiry. The work is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of readers, from beginners to more advanced students.
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.04" wide x 9.11" long x 0.89" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Preface
A Point of Departure
Focus and Methodology
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Competing Anthropological Perspectives
Human Nature and Personhood
Toward a Metaphysics of Personhood
A General Overview: Content and Approach
From Psyche to Anthropos
In the Beginning: Defining Some Key Issues
The Transition from Myth to Reason
The Milesian Response
Two Metaphysical Responses
The Move toward Reconciliation
The Pythagorean Contribution
The Anthropological Significance of It All
Plato: The Primacy of Soul
The Shift toward Humanism
The Sophistic Legacy
Enter Socrates
Socrates and Plato
The Psychology of the Phaedo
The Philosophical Way of Life
Arguments for the Soul's Immortality
The Nature of Soul and Body
Two Epiphenomenalist Theories
Mind and Causality
The Forms as Causes
Concluding Myth
The Broader Anthropological Dimension
The Psychology of the Republic
Aristotle: The Human Composite
Aristotle's Background and Development
Theoretical Knowledge and Wisdom
The Nature of Wisdom and Causality
Aristotle and Plato
Being and Substance
Substance and Change
Aristotle's Psychology
Soul, Body, and the Separable Intellect
Human Nature and Personhood
St. Augustine: A Harmonious Union
The Challenge of Christian Anthropology
Augustine's Personal Experience
Manichaeism and the Problem of Evil
Augustine's Neoplatonic Lens
Augustine's Definitions of Homo
Augustine on the Person
The Subjective Ego
Moral and Cosmic Order
St. Thomas Aquinas: A Subsistent Individual
A Teacher's Life
Aquinas on Sacra Doctrina
A Metaphysics of Esse
Humans Beings, Being Human
The Fact of Psychosomatic Union
Aquinas's Metaphysics of Personhood
The Person as Free Agent
Minds and Bodies
Rene Descartes: The Ghost in the Machine
Descartes and His Mission
A Believing Man of Reason
Forging a Method
Affirming the Cogito
The Role of God
The Challenge of Hyperbolic Doubt
That I Am, What I Am
An Experiment
Mind, Body, and World
The Bodily Mechanism
Mind-Body Interaction: An Uneasy Alliance
Where Mind and Body Meet
Assessing the Cartesian Compromise
David Hume: A Bundle of Perceptions
Hume's Newtonian Model
A Science of Human Nature
The Origin of Ideas
Hume on Causality
Personal Identity and the Self
Assessing Hume on Personal Identity
Humanity and Personhood
Postmodernism: Humans, Persons, and Nonpersons
Postmodern Philosophy: A Broad Overview
The Consciousness Criterion of Personhood
The Bioethical Dimension
Postmodernism and Incommensurability
Our Interpersonal Journey
A Teleological Model
An Infinite Horizon
Knowing and Willing
A Participation Scheme
The Being of Persons
Subsistence and Selfhood
Substantiality and Relationality
Embodied Spirits
The Unity of Self
A Moral Cosmos
Life as Quest
Epilogue: In Search of an Irreducible Self
The Challenge of Reductionism
A Quantum Theory of Consciousness
The Causal Role of Mind
Human and Animal Intelligence
Embodied Spirits and Our World
Bibliography
Index
About the Author