Philosophy of Human Nature

Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D.

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This course provides an introduction to the thought of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas on the topic of human nature. In this course, we will seek to recover one of the most important and most satisfying accounts of human nature in the history of philosophy. In order to underscore the distinctive features of that account and to test its veracity, we will examine texts not only from Aristotle and Aquinas but also from rival philosophers like Descartes, Hobbes, and Kant.

6 1-hour Lectures

  1. Importance of the Study of the Soul
  2. The Study of Nature
  3. Aristotle's De Anima
  4. Human Knowledge
  5. Implications of Human Knowledge
  6. Human Freedom