PY402 Perspectives on Selfhood

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This module offers an overview of the major philosophical understandings of the self in the history of philosophy in figures like Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Nietzsche, and Heidegger. It elaborates on the shift from a participatory anthropology rooted in the divine to a modern autonomous conception of the self and anthropology cut away from divine transcendence. It seeks to understand this shift on the basis of a Christian interpretation of the self as created gift.

Semester 2