3 credit course
PHIL 534. Philosophy of the Human Person
Old course number 206-2207
This course is a philosophical exploration of humanity. Through probing the thought of Socrates, Aristotle, St. Thomas, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI, two fundamental questions will be addressed: what is human nature, and what does it mean to be a person? Further, several contemporary challenges to the perennial Catholic thought on human nature and personhood will be considered.
Students who complete this course should be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of human nature and its primary faculties; to describe the philosophical notion of personhood as applied to the human condition; to define the fundamentally ethical orientation of humanity; to explain how humanity is considered within the Catholic intellectual tradition; and to critique several modern ideologies by showing how they fundamentally differ from the perennial philosophical understanding of humanity embraced by the Catholic tradition.This course includes written lectures and online discussion.