Thomas Aquinas calls the word “persona” a “term of dignity” (nomen dignitatis) and says that human beings are “naturally free and existing for their own sake” (homo [est] naturaliter et liber et propter seipsum existens; Sth II-II 64, 2 ad 3. The dignity of the human person as a bearer of rights is therefore an important aspect of our topic. Challenges to human dignity may arise from scientific reductionism or in bioethical contexts. This seminar will explore questions of human rights in a political and inter-religious context looking at how the philosophical implications of various religious traditions impact the notion of human rights. This seminar will include outside speakers from other faith traditions, as can be found at the neighboring institutions of the Graduate Theological Union.
We will conclude with a panel discussion pulling together all aspects of the Person, Soul and Consciousness Project.
Project coordinators: Marianne Farina, CSC