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Exploring personhood : an introduction to the philosophy of human nature

Author: Joseph Torchia
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2008.
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"Exploring Personhood examines the metaphysical underpinnings of theories of human nature, personhood, and the self. The history of Western philosophy provides the framework for broaching critical questions pertinent to these three topics. The book explores philosophical anthropology on its most foundational level, with a focus on the basic constituents of the unified self. The coverage of the work is broad in  Read more...
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Torchia, Joseph, 1953-
Exploring personhood.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2008
(OCoLC)606392253
Online version:
Torchia, Joseph, 1953-
Exploring personhood.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2008
(OCoLC)608155530
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Torchia
ISBN: 9780742548374 0742548376 9780742548381 0742548384
OCLC Number: 123767071
Description: xv, 295 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 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 --
pt. 1. From Psyche to Antropos --
1. 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 --
2. 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 --
3. 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. pt. 2. Human nature and personhood --
4. 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 --
5. St. Thomas Aquinas : a subsistent individual --
A teacher's life --
Aquinas on Sacra Doctrina --
A metaphysics of Esse --
Humans being, being human --
The fact of psychosomatic union --
Aquinas's metaphysics of personhood --
The person as free agent --
pt. 3. Minds and bodies --
6. René 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 --
7. 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. pt. 4. Humanity and personhood --
8. Postmodernism : humans, persons, and nonpersons --
Postmodern philosophy : a broad overview --
The consciousness criterion of personhood --
The bioethical dimension --
Postmodernism and incommensurability --
9. 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.
Responsibility: Joseph Torchia.
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