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Philosophical Anthropology

This page is meant only for JDV philosophy students who are taking the Course on Phil Anthropology (Jan - Mar, 2008)

This is a basic course in JDV, attempting to answer, among other things, the following questions.

  • Who is a human being? How is the study of human beings and human self-understanding crucial to philosophising?
  • In what way is the study of human beings related to study of the world and God?
  • What is our nature? How is human nature understood/interpreted in terms of body-soul?
  • What is human nature? Are we really free?
  • How is relationship crucial to humans? Can only humans love?
  • What can we hope for? What are the philosophical perspectives on life after death?

Jan 5, 2009: Happy New Year

  • Introduction to the importance and significance of this course
  • Explain: “Every understanding is self-understanding.”
Second Session
  • Comment from the view of both theism and atheism: “Theology is anthropology.”
  • Short reflections and interaction
(Marks for Class notes: 5, Questions from Basic Text: 15, 4 page assignment: 20 marks)

Jan 6, 2009

  • Power Point Presentation on Neuroscience and the Human Soul
Jan 7, 2009
  • First Hour: What do you want to be written on your tombstone? Assignment.
  • Power Point Presentation on Neuroscience and the Human Soul (Contd)
Jan 8, 2009
  • Power Point Presentation on Neuroscience and the Human Soul (Contd)
Jan 9, 2009
  • Power Point Presentation on Neuroscience and the Human Soul (Cocld)
  • Comment from the view of both theism and atheism: “Theology is anthropology.” Feuerbach and Rahner
  • "An idea can change your life."
  1. The basic outline of the course
  2. Who am I?
  3. Am I really free? Freedom, determinism, entropy, chaos,
  4. Is there life before and after death (eg; of the boat)
Jan 12, 2009
  • Begin with Cyril Desbruslais' book (ch 1)
  • "Every error is an exaggerated truth."
  • "The most practical things is a good theory."

Resource Materials
For Desbruslais' Book and Extracts see below








Who am I?
What can I hope for?
What is goodness?

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Kuruvilla Pandikattu,
Jan 13, 2009, 10:33 AM
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Kuruvilla Pandikattu,
Jan 13, 2009, 10:32 AM
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