The Human Person

This unit engages students with the question of what human beings are – a question central to both philosophy and theology. It considers major past and present philosophical approaches to being human, and develops an account of human persons as unified psychosomatic beings whose nature is open to the transcendent.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline


Credit Points



W7106 Ancient and Early Medieval Philosophy or
W7109 Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. discuss the views of major philosophers on human nature and human personhood
  2. account for the historical shifts in understanding that have taken place
  3. critically evaluate and appreciate at least one contemporary account of human being
  4. identify and respond to some of the key challenges for a religiously-informed understanding of human beings, e.g. evolutionary theory, neuroscience, cognitive science, and social constructivism.
  5. defend their own reasoned account of what it is to be human.
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