Philosophy 201: Philosophy of Man

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In Philosophy 201: Philosophy of Man, students, having considered physical or material being in the preceding semester, sophomores turn to an examination of physical beings that are living, and especially man. What is the definition of life and what are the activities of living? How are living things different from nonliving creatures and machines? What is a human being? How does man differ from other animals? Related topics include external and internal sense powers, passions, intellect and will, the unity of body and soul, and the immortality of the human soul.

One paper, several quizzes, and a lot of reading from Aristotle's De Anima and Aquinas' commentary on it as well as some selected short readings comprise this three-credit class.

Texts Used

  • Aristotle, De Anima
  • Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle's De Anima
  • Aquinas, Compendium Theologiae
  • Selected short essays

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