Created Persons are Subsistent Relations: A Scholastic-Phenomenological Synthesis

The recent Catholic philosophical tradition on the human person has tried to articulate the irreducibility of the human person to anything non-personal, and to synthesize all of the best of what has been said on the human person. Recently, a debate has arisen regarding the concrete existence and rel...

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Published in:Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association
Main Author: Spencera, Mark K.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2015]
In:Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association
Year: 2015, Volume: 89, Pages: 225-243
Further subjects:B Essentialism (Philosophy)
B Christian philosophy
B Phenomenological psychology
B Transcendentalism
B Catholics
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Summary:The recent Catholic philosophical tradition on the human person has tried to articulate the irreducibility of the human person to anything non-personal, and to synthesize all of the best of what has been said on the human person. Recently, a debate has arisen regarding the concrete existence and relationality of persons. I analyze these debates, and show how both sides of these debates can be synthesized into a view on which human persons are both subsistent beings and identical to certain relations. First, I examine those strands of recent Catholic tradition that defend the concreteness and relationality of the person, drawing on some Existential Thomists and phenomenologists; in connection with this, I consider the ideas of the beauty and mysterium of persons. Second, I examine the opposing view, drawing on some traditional Thomists and personalists. Finally, I show how the scholastic notion of transcendental relations can reconcile these views.
ISSN:2153-7925
Contains:Enthalten in: American Catholic Philosophical Association, Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.5840/acpaproc2016l02l49