Philosophy of Human Nature
 

Syllabus (last updated August 25)

For Wednesday, August 27, read Jacques Maritain's "Definition of Philosophy", and answer these study questions.

For Friday, August 29, read Jacques Maritain's "Philosophy and Common Sense", and answer these study questions.

For Wednesday, September 3, read Jacques Maritain's "Philosophy and the Special Sciences", and answer these study questions.

For  Friday, September 5, read "The Permanent Limitations of Biology" by Leon Kass, and answer these study questions. (If you wish to read more on this subject, see Stanley Jaki's essay "The Limits of a Limitless Science", in his book with that same title.)

For Friday, September 12, read "Food and Nourishing: The Primacy of Form", by Leon Kass, and answer these study questions.

For Wednesday, September 17, read "Thomistic Personalism", by Karol Wojtyla, and answer these study questions.

Friday, September 19: Class cancelled (because of the SLU philosophy conference)

For Monday, September 22, read Summa Theologica I Question 78 article 1, Question 80 articles 1-2, and Question 81, articles 1-3, and answer these study questions. (You don't need to read the objections and replies; in each article you need read only the section beginning with "I answer that, ...").

For Monday, September 29, read Summa Theologica I-II Questions 26 and 27 and answer these study questions. (One of the study questions requires you to look at ST I Question 20.)

For Friday, October 3, read Summa Theologica I-II Question 28 and answer these study questions.

For Wednesday, October 8, read Maritain's "Love and Friendship", and answer these study questions.

Midterm Exam Study Questions (Review session is from 4 pm to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 15, at Humanities Building #142.)

For Wednesday, October 15, read the first fifteen pages of chapter 1 of Love & Responsibility, and answer these study questions.

For Wednesay, October 22, finish chapter 1 of Love & Responsibility, and answer these study questions.

For Friday, October 31, read the second part of chapter 1 of Love & Responsibility, answer these study questions. Also take a look at "Japan's Lonely Hearts turn to dolls for sex, company" and "Could Robots Be the Future of Love and Sex?" Addendum: "Japanese man petitions to marry comic book wife"

For Wednesday, November 12, read Chapter 1 of Kierkegaard's Sickness Unto Death, and answer these study questions.

For Monday, November 17, read Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilych", and answer these study questions.

For Friday, November 21, read chapters three and four, on Aristotle and Augustine, respectively, in Torchia's Exploring Personhood, and answer the study questions at the end of each chapter. 

For Wednesday December 3, read chapter 5 of Torchia's Exploring Personhood, and answer the study questions at the end of the chapter.

Final Exam Study Questions: Review session is at 8 pm on Tuesday, December 9, at Humanities Building #142.

 

Additional Resources:

The Abolition of Man, by C.S. Lewis

The Everlasting Man, by G.K. Chesterton 

The Philosophy of Human Nature, by George P. Klubertanz

At the Origins of the Thomistic Notion of Man, by Anton C. Pegis

The Difference of Man and the Difference it Makes, by Mortimer J. Adler

Human Nature in its Wholeness, edited by Robinson, Sweeney, Gill. 

Body-Self Dualism, by Patrick Lee and Robert George

Dependent Rational Animals, by Alasdair MacIntyre

Embryo, by Robert George and Chris Tollefson

Love is Stronger than Death, by Peter Kreeft

The Hungry Soul, by Leon Kass


Scientism, Darwinism, Philosophy and Religion

"The Designs of Science", (January, 2006),  by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn

 "Reasonable Science, Reasonable Faith", (April 2007), by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn

 "God and Evolution", (October, 2007) by Avery Cardinal Dulles


Additional Works

On Human Nature, by E.O. Wilson

A Treatise of Human Nature, by David Hume

Human Nature and the Limits of Science, by John Dupre

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, by Steven Pinker

Ten Theories of Human Nature, edited by Stevenson and Habermas.

Sexual Desire: A Philosophical Investigation, by Roger Scruton

Theories of Human Nature, by Donald Abel.

Ideas of Human Nature, by Roger Trigg.

"Six 'uniquely' human traits now found in animals" (New Scientist, 2008)

 

On Writing Philosophy Papers

Anthony Weston's A Rulebook for Arguments (Hackett)

Zachary Seech's Writing Philosophy Papers (Wadsworth): chapter 2 "Thesis Defense Papers"

Strunk & White's The Elements of Style (MacMillan)