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Phenomenology of the Human Person

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  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521717663

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  • In this book, Robert Sokolowski argues that being a person means to be involved with truth. He shows that human reason is established by syntactic composition in language, pictures, and actions and that we understand things when they are presented to us through syntax. Sokolowski highlights the role of the spoken word in human reason and examines the bodily and neurological basis for human experience. Drawing on Husserl and Aristotle, as well as Aquinas and Henry James, Sokolowski here employs phenomenology in a highly original way in order to clarify what we are as human agents.

    • This book relates phenomenology to the issue of syntactic structures, a theme prominent in linguistics
    • Reconnects modern thinking and classical philosophy, both ancient and medieval
    • Confirms the special status of human persons by showing how they are involved with truth
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This rich metaphysical text is heavy indebted to Aristotle and Husserl, but at the same time refreshing only novel in its approach to such traditional philosophical topics as language, truth, knowledge, and selves...Though challenging at time, this work is not to be missed by those hungering for new insight into some of the most traditional issues in philosophy. Summing up: Recommended."
    - H. Storl, Choice

    "In Phenomenology of the Human Person, Sokolowski, a philosophy professor at the Catholic University of America, tackles an astonishing range of questions and resolves a number of intellectual confusions without sinking beneath the weight of conceptual complexity.
    Claremont Review of Books, Robert Royal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521717663
    • length: 358 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 155 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Form of Thinking:
    1. Two ways of saying 'I'
    2. Further kinds of declaratives
    3. Linguistic syntax and human reason
    4. The person as the agent of syntax: predication
    5. Reason as public: quotation
    6. Grammatical signals and veracity
    Part II. The Content of Thinking:
    7. The content of what is said: essentials and accidentals
    8. Properties and accidents reveal what things are
    9. Knowing things in their absence: pictures, imagination, and words
    10. Mental representations
    11. What is a concept and how do we focus on it?
    Part III. The Body and Human Action:
    12. The body and the brain
    13. Active perception and declaratives
    14. Mental images and lenses
    15. Forms of wishing
    16. Declaring our wishes and choices
    Part IV. Ancients and Moderns:
    17. Aristotle
    18. Thomas Aquinas
    19. Conclusion, with Henry James.

  • Author

    Robert Sokolowski, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
    Robert Sokolowski is the Elizabeth Breckenridge Caldwell Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America. Twice awarded research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, he has also served as a consultant at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and gave the 26th J. Robert Oppenheimer Lecture there in 1996. He has also served as visiting professor at the Graduate Faculty of the New School University; the University of Texas, Austin; Villanova; and Yale University. Dr Sokolowski is the author of many books, including Introduction to Phenomenology, Moral Action, The God of Faith and Reason, Presence and Absence, and Husserlian Meditations.

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