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.


  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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