[FE 2117]  Anthropology II – 23.24

Semester II
friday 10:30 - 12:15

Course Information

Professor: MCCAFFERY, Patrick
Email: xw [email protected]

Language: English

Semester II
friday 10:30 - 12:15


Having acquired some foundational knowledge of Aquinas’s philosophical anthropology in their previous course, students will here engage several of the major questions we find in the contemporary literature. Some of these questions, dealing also with contemporary philosophy of mind, include: personal identity and animalism; reductionism/physicalism; animal communication/language; metaphysics and human evolution; metaphysics of sex/gender; issues concerning human death; and mind/computer problems. Students will construct Thomistic frameworks and strategies for use in successful dialogue with some of the contemporary thinkers working in these areas.


Aquinas, by Eleonore Stump. ISBN: 0415378982 ; Dependent Rational Animals: Why Human Beings Need the Virtues, by Alasdair MacIntyre; ISBN: 081269452X ; Human Nature and the Limits of Science, by John Dupré; ISBN: 019926550X ; Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature, by Mary Midgley; ISBN: 9780415289870 or ISBN: 0415127408 ; Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Biology, edited by F. J. Ayala and Robert Arp; ISBN: 1405159995.