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Amidst a world that wants to deny or redefine our human nature, this class will enable you to explain and defend the reality of the human person. In Understanding Human Nature, you will learn rational arguments from classical philosophy to grasp the truth about who and what man is.


  • What does it mean to be human, the rational animal?
  • Is man the same as an animal? Explore what we have in common with other animals to understand what it means to be human.
  • What are the powers that set man apart? Learn about the power of reason and the power of will.
  • Learn why speculative reason in contemplation is the greatest fulfillment of human nature.
John A. Cuddeback


John A. Cuddeback, who holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America, is a professor in the Philosophy Department at Christendom College. He frequently writes and lectures, on a variety of philosophical and cultural topics, for both scholarly and popular audiences. His academic writings have appeared in The Review of Metaphysics, The Thomist, and Nova et Vetera, as well as in several volumes published by the American Maritain Association. His book, True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness, was republished for a third time in 2021, and his website, life-craft.org, is dedicated to the philosophy of family and household. A lay Dominican, Professor Cuddeback is also an avid gardener and hunter; he lives with his wife and six children in the Shenandoah Valley.



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