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Aquinas on the Beginning and End of Human Life

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$34.50 • £27.95 • €31.00

ISBN 9780674072473

Publication Date: 06/10/2013


288 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • List of Abbreviations
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • I. General Principles of the Embryology of Thomas Aquinas
    • 1. Some Constraints on Substantial Generation
    • 2. Some Constraints on Substantial Form
  • II. The Nature of the Human Soul
    • 1. The Unity of the Human Being and the Soul as the Substantial Form of the Body
    • 2. The Identity of the Being of the Soul and the Being of the Body: Some Problems
  • III. The Status of the Embryo
    • 1. The Origin of the Human Soul
    • 2. Ensoulment of the Embryo: Opposing Positions
    • 3. Two Different Intuitions concerning the Ensoulment of the Embryo
  • IV. Some Problems
    • 1. Discontinuity of Generation and Immediate Ensoulment
    • 2. Formation versus Functioning of the Embryo
    • 3. Natural Generation of the Body versus Creation of the Soul
  • V. The Identity of the Embryo
    • 1. The Identity and Continuity of the Embryo
    • 2. The Identity of the Subject of Generation
      • 2.1. Different Kinds of Identity
      • 2.2. Incomplete versus Complete Identity
      • 2.3. Some Difficulties
    • 3. The Identity of the Embryo and the Succession of Souls
    • 4. Identity of Subject and Identity of Matter
      • 4.1. The Material Continuity of the Human Body
      • 4.2. Identity of Matter, Quantity, and Extension
  • VI. Bioethical Implications
    • 1. The Origin of Human Life and the Affirmation That the Embryo Is a Human Being in Potency
    • 2. The Elusive Human Nature of the Embryo
    • 3. Some Bioethical Consequences: Abortion, Homicide, and the Suppression of Life
  • VII. The Beginning and End of Human Life
  • VIII. The Contemporary Debate over the Hominization of the Embryo
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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