This book is an accessible text that explores what it means to be human. It is designed for an introductory course in Philosophy of the Human Being and contains an abundance of current examples, with embedded quotations from philosophers and selections from contemporary writers following the chapters. The author provides an introduction to philosophy, then discusses the topics of human sociability, intelligence, freedom, duality, individuality and immortality. He concludes by highlighting the contrast between realism and materialism. This systematic approach focuses on issues, with a minimum of metaphysical superstructure and jargon, and provides connections between the readings.
Rev. Julian A. Davies, O.F.M., is a native of Utica, New York. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1960. He received his Ph. D. in philosophy from Fordham University in 1970. He is a professor of philosophy at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.
Chapter 1 The Philosophy of Philosophy Chapter 2 Human Sociability Chapter 3 Human Intelligence Chapter 4 Human Freedom Chapter 5 Human Duality Chapter 6 Human Individuality: the Person Chapter 7 Human Immortality Chapter 8 Taking Sides Chapter 9 Appendix: Rules of Definition