Panoramas of the human person -- Will get back
- Dear Everyone,
Thank you for your input. I mean to get back to discussing the starting point of St. Edith Stein in her book Finite and Eternal Being. Also to clarify this topic further by relating it to her earlier work and dissertation, Potency and Act, where she more pointedly points to philosophical and anthropological support found in Aquinas' Quaestiones disputatae de veritate, which she translated into German.
Along with this look at Stein, it is best also to preview the work of Karol Wojtyla, or Pope John Paul II. This two philosophers go hand in hand in an understanding of how person and thomism combine to offer limitless opportunities for development. The pope's work also extends, of course, to moral theology, especially the so-called "theology of the body."
Also later, it is of great help to look at the Vatican document Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. This priceless document issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, established by Pope Paul VI in 1967 in response to the Second Vatican Council's call "to stimulate the Catholic Community to foster progress in needy regions and social justice on the international scene" (Gaudium et Spes, No. 90). The teaching of the Church on the human person is masterfully done in conjunction with an understanding of the Church's continuing development of the social teaching going back to Jesus Christ and given impetus in the 19th century by pope Leo XIII's innovating encyclical on the labor question, and later by pope's Pius XI, John XXIII, Paul VI, and Pope John Paul II. Here we see how in conjunction with social issues and moral questions, the Church developed its understanding of the human person through revelation and tradition, and in light of the "signs of the times."
The clarity and truth of the teaching develops further Aquinas' statement that the human person is concrete and the subject of all knowledge.