Philosophy of the Human Person
A. Course Description:
II. Teaching Procedures:
B. Reading assignments for the students.
C. Oral discussion of the readings found in the compiled articles.
D. Film Viewing and Film Discussion
F. Individual Tickler
G. Group Activity
III. Course Requirements:
B. Reflection Paper
C. Individual and Group Work/Presentations
D. Reading Assignments
F. Learning Contract
H. Individual Tickler
A. Philosophical/Reflection Papers - 30%
B. Quiz -25%
C. Oral or Graded Recitation - 15%
D. Group Activity -10%
F. Journal Entry -10%
G. Individual Tickler -5%
H. Deportment/Attendance -5%
Class Standing is 2/3 of the Final Grade and Midterm/Final Exam is 1/3 of the Total Grade
B. What Makes Man Truly Human by Fr. Michael Moga S.J.
C. http://www.google.com/ and other related internet links
CONTENTS OF THE COURSE SYLLABUS:
Course Orientation and House Rules
Signing of Learning Contract by Group
Introduction to the Subject Matter
Different Historical Approach to the Study and Understanding of the Human Person – Manuel Dy, Jr.
Importance of studying Philosophy of Human Person
The Human Person as Free and Responsible
Is Man Free? – Michael Moga
Human Freedom – Kavanaugh, J.
Determinism – Skinner, B.F.
Existentialism – Sartre, J.P.
Elements of the Interhuman – Buber, M.
The Socius and the Neighbor – Ricoeur, P.
The Task of Man – Johann, R.
The Human Being as Loving
Phenomenology of Love – Luijpen, W.
A Phenomenology of Love – Dy, M. J.r.
Max Scheler’s Phenomenology of Love – Dy, M. J.r.
Martin Heidegger’s Phenomenology of Death – Dy, M. J.r.
Death, The Test of Love and The Condition of Liberty – Troisfontaines, R.
The Human Being and the Absolute
1. Man and The Absolute – Visker, R.
The uncritical acceptance of beliefs handed down to you by parents, teachers, politicians and religious leaders is dangerous. Many of these beliefs are simply false.
Some of them are lies, designed to control you. Even when what has been handed down is true, it is not your truth. To merely accept anything without questioning it is to be somebody’s else’s puppet, a second-hand person.
Beliefs can be handed down. Knowledge can perhaps be handed down BUT WISDOM can never be handed down. The goal of philosophy is wisdom. Trying to hand down philosophy is unphilosophical.
WISDOM REQUIRES QUESTIONING WHAT IS QUESTIONABLE. Since everything is questionable, wisdom requires questioning everything. That is what philosophy is: the art of questioning everything.
(Philosophy has long been associated with wisdom. The first great phiolosophers, Socrates of the west and Confucius of the east, never wrote a book on Philosophy nor pretended to know everything there is to know. They went out of their cloistered halls, interacting with people in the streets in words and deeds, learning even from those who do not know.
What is wrong with associating philosophy with wisdom? Nothing, as long as we do not forget the search that comes before it, as long as we do not identify philosophy or philosophizing with the wise man or being wise.)