Symbolic Ontology and Practical Reason

JPI 966

This course will take a close look at the constitution of practical reason and its relationship to physicality and, in particular, the body. This will require a review of texts dealing with a cluster of knotty themes: the constitution of practical reason; the role/meaning of form and matter; the real and the symbolic; the relation between cosmos and person; personal and biological aspects of physicality and the body; subjectivity and objectivity. Readings drawn from Plato, Aristotle (De Anima, Nicomachean Ethics), Thomas, Hume, Kant (Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Critique of Practical Reason), de Lubac (Corpus Mysticum), Balthasar, John Paul II (Theology of the Body).

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