A Personalist Anthropology

"Till we can become divine we must be content to be human, lest in our hurry for change we sink to something lower" - Anthony Trollope.

Preface by Dr. Ralph McInerny

Introductory Note


Part One: Freedom and Values

1. Thinking about Human Life: Who Am I? What Will I Become?
Controlled or Free?
Free and Autonomous?
Happiness, Evolution, Progress
The Importance of Meaning
Free, but Not Autonomous

2. Human Freedom
Freedom and Commitment
Fear of Commitment
Freedom Not to Act
Freedom and Motivation.
Freedom and Responsibility
Love and Freedom: "Free Love"
Doing Someone Else's Will
Freedom and Authority

3. Values
Freedom and Preferences
Scale of Values; Criterion
Relativity of Values
Response to Values

4. Conditions for fulfillment
Openness to Values.
Acceptance and Assimilation of Values.
Ambition and Human Stature

5. Intellect, Will, and Feelings in the Process of Fulfillment
Formation of the Mind; Recognizing the Truth in a Value
Formation of the Will; Choosing the Goodness of a Value
Interrelation between Mind and Will
"Easy" and "Difficult" Truths
Affectivity in the Process of Personal Growth

6. Conscience
Faculty, Feeling, Judgment?
In What Way is "My" Conscience Mine?
Rights of Conscience
Duties toward Conscience
Freedom of Conscience
Self-awareness, Self-acceptance, Self-esteem, Self-fulfillment

Part Two: Personal Fulfillment and Others

7. Personal and Interpersonal Fulfillment
Responding to Values in Other People
Envy or Admiration
Appreciating Others
Learning from Imperfect Persons

8. Social Life
The Structure of the Human Community
Freedom and Responsibility
Justice and Law
The Common Good
Human Rights

9. The Humanizing Role of Sexuality
The Two Modalities of the Human Person
The Response to Sexual Values
Traditional Conception of the Masculine and Feminine Characters
The Sexual Identity of Man
The Sexual Identity of Woman
Complementarity and Integration

10. Marriage: Fulfillment Through Sexual Gift and Union
Sexual Giving and Conjugal Giving
Giving - or Just Lending - One's Self?
The Three Essential Properties of Marriage
United, but Distinct
The Conjugal Act
Complementary Differences

11. The Family; Personal Growth in the Context of Sexually Structured Love
Interpersonal Relations in the Family: Education for Social Life
Families with "Personality"
Interpersonal Family Relations and Sexual Education

Part Three: Transcendence

12. Beyond Anthropology?
Is Death the End?
Self-actualization or Self-transcendence?
God as an Anthropological Hypothesis
Halfway Born?
Wanting to Meet the Artist
The Problem of Evil
How High Can We Rise?

13. Transcending: From What, To What?
The Issue of Human Nature
Nature and Freedom
Which Can Go Farther, Imagination or Reality?
Conscience: Whose Voice?
God: On Stage or Off Stage?

14. Appendix I: Science, Reason, and God
Atheism: Freedom and Joy, or Deadend and Nausea?
Not Coping with the Riddle ...
The Hollow People

15. Appendix II: Individualism and Collectivism; Personalism and Community

16. Bibliographical References