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The Soul of the Person: A Contemporary Philosophical Psychology Hardcover – August 22, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 301 pages
  • Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081321453X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813214535
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,189,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adrian J. Reimers is adjunct assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author An Analysis of the Concepts of Self-Fulfillment and Self-Realization in the Thought of Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II.

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In writing my doctoral dissertation, Rocco Buttiglione led me into the rich philosophy of Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), which has been the focus of my teaching and writing since. At Notre Dame I teach his Philosophy & Theology of the Body, as well as courses on human nature.
I am happily married since 1970, during which time we have raised four children, all grown by now.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elliot B. Bougis on May 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In *The Soul of the Person* (TSP), Professor Reimers has written a very fine book of contemporary philosophical anthropology. He has accomplished this both in terms of content and composition. In terms of content, or style, it is rare to find such a lucid, vivid writer of philosophy as Prof. Reimers. This is surely due to his Scholastic bearings, for, all Reformation and Enlightenment canards aside, the Scholastics were habitual masters at the telling, concrete example. I blew through this book, largely because I almost never found myself stumbling over Reimers's syntax, diction, or rhetorical flow. (The only snags came when poor editing had let a number of typos and omissions slip through.) The ease with which Reimers guides the reader through ostensibly arcane topics as Peircean semiotics, "ArisThomistic" hylomorphism, and Wojtylan phenomenology of action, indicates vast and deep learning on behalf of Prof. Reimers. I am quite reminded of Prof. James F. Ross, one of my favorite philosophers, who also succeeds in vivid exposition and seems to "breath Thomism" as naturally as Reimers does.

As far as the content of TSP goes, Reimers begins by addressing the "status of the question" of the soul in contemporary ethology and philosophy of mind. This presents a pretty standard lay of the materialist land à la Dennett, Searle, the Churchlands, Le Doux, et al., and thus indicates the backcloth against which Reimers's ArisThomistic account will be constructed.

He then proceeds to the, so to speak, matter of matter, defining materiality as reactivity. This raises the question, Is the human person merely material?
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