PHILOSOPHYOFMAN - PHILOSOPHYOFMAN Outline p.1 Contents p 3 Teaching Outline p 5 Teaching Notes p 11 Brief Quotations p 28 CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY OF MAN

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1 PHILOSOPHYOFMAN Outline p.1 / Contents p. 3 / Teaching Outline p. 5 / Teaching Notes p. 11 / Brief Quotations p. 28 CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY OF MAN Outline 1. THE BEGINNING OF MAN A course in Christian philosophy (reason enlightened by faith) The Biblical account of man (creation, fall, redemption) As explored and amplified in the tradition of realistic philosophy Purpose of the course (deeper understanding of human life) Method (lecture/discussion; selected brief readings) Practical applications in view of widely held errors 2. THE END OF MAN The elements of philosophical anthropology and its cognates: rational psychology; epistemology; ethics; cultural history Man’s uniqueness among created beings: On the sixth day God created man. In His own image He created him. Male and female He created them. Man’s place and his role in the world; its historical development The intellectual history of thought about man: Major insights; influential errors Applications: “creationism” and “evolutionism” 3 HUMAN NATURE Composite of matter and form (physical body and rational soul) Immateriality and immortality of the rational soul Human faculties and operative powers The contribution of the body to human life: sensation, appetites The contribution of the soul: intellect, will, emotions (passions) Man as individual and social Applications: materialism and idealism
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2 4. HUMAN PERSON Source of the equal dignity of all human beings Intelligent and free: a responsible subject of action Fundamental rights and duties, principally the right to life Applications: determinism and libertarianism; abortion and euthanasia 5. KNOWING AND LOVING Man’s natural vocation to live in the truth and to love the good The intellectual life, its capabilities and limitations Intellectual virtues and vices The accessibility and pursuit of truth Applications: skepticism and positivism 6. HUMAN ACTION AND MORALITY The moral life, its capabilities and limitations Human acts and their moral quality (motive, objective, means) Christian view of the deep springs of man’s desire for happiness Moral virtues and vices Moral character and its formation; conscience Applications: relativism (utilitarianism) and absolutism 7. HUMAN SOCIETY: THE FAMILY “It is not good for man to be alone”: family, the domestic society Marriage: a natural bond elevated by Christ Family as the foundation stone of society Family relationships: corresponding rights and duties Marriage in the law of human nature as elevated by Christ The contemporary assault on marriage Applications: individualism and conformism 8. THE MAGISTERIUM ON MAN The philosophical anthropology of Vatican II and John Paul II The Pope’s fuller understanding of freedom, faith, and work Ongoing challenges in bio-ethics and other human life areas: Responsibilities of knowledge; opportunities for leadership
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3 Contents 1. Charles Péguy, “Abandonment” (pp. 24-26 in God Speaks ) Fr. Ronald Knox, “The Beginning and End of Man” (booklet, 1921; reprint pp. 18-23, 18-22 in This Rock , Aug. and Sept. 1993) Fr. Joseph de Torre, “Metaphysics of Man” (pp. 155-159 in
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