The Human Person

A Beginner's Thomistic Psychology

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Steven J. Jensen
  • Washington, DC: 
    Catholic University of America Press
    , October
     2018.
     296 pages.
     $34.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780813231525.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

The Human Person presents a brief introduction to the human mind, the soul, immortality, and free will. While delving into the thought of Thomas Aquinas, it addresses contemporary topics, such as skepticism, mechanism, animal language research, and determinism. Steven J. Jensen probes the primal questions of human nature. Are human beings free or determined? Is the capacity to reason distinctive to human beings or do animals also have some share of reason? Have animals really been taught to use language? 

The Human Person touches on topics that bear upon the very fabric of the universe. Are human beings merely well-ordered collections of chemicals or do they have a soul that gives them life and understanding? Is there any element in human beings that survives death? Can human minds get in touch with the objective world or just forever dwell in the domain of their subjective experiences? The book closes by considering the most fundamental question of all: are human beings merely cosmic accidents with no purpose or is there some meaning to human life? 

In this book, beginners of philosophy will learn the wonders of their own nature by studying Aquinas's thought on the human person.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Steven J. Jensen is the author of Sin: A Thomistic Psychology; Knowing the Natural Law: From Precepts and Inclinations to Deriving Oughts; Living the Good Life: A Beginner's Thomistic Ethics andGood and Evil Actions: A Journey Through Saint Thomas Aquinas (all CUA Press).

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