Cross objects to St. Thomas (II)

St. Thomas has a consistent response to Cross’s dilemma, but it is hard to make out some of the relevant details of the account. The Thomistic account of immortality requires two claims: 1.) the same soul persists through death 2.) the same person does not persist through death. I waver between seeing the tension between the claims as fatal, as no big deal, and as opening up promising avenues for anthropology that are not yet explored.

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3 Comments

  1. DavidM said,

    December 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Interesting. Do you have a citation handy in support of (2)?

  2. December 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    A friend of mine, John J. Reilly, used to make a distinction between a person, a human, and a homo sapiens. He said they are not just different things but different kinds of things. Human is an essence, homo sapiens is a kind of monkey, and a person is a phenomenon. I always thought this insight was broadly Thomistic, and this post encourages this belief.


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