MAN THE JEWEL OF CREATION
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.
Principles classes from Christendom College help you uphold your Catholic beliefs and see the world through the light of Truth.
5 Lectures | 2.5 Hours
- The Human Identity Problem
- Man, the Animal: Sensation and Sense Appetite
- The Human Difference: Rationality
- Man, the Moral
- Man, the Contemplative
Philosophy, the “love of wisdom,” begins in wonder and ends in an organized natural knowledge of the ultimate causes of all things. This philosophy class answers the most crucial questions of our day about who and what man is. Explore the philosophy of human nature along with the thought of Plato and Aristotle, two of Western Civilization’s foundational thinkers. You will come to understand human nature as it can be known through the light of natural reason.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- 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.
MEET YOUR NEW PROFESSOR
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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