On Thinking The Human

On Thinking The Human

by Robert W. Jenson
     
 

Since Socrates, the effort to understand ourselves precisely as human has been the central occupation of Western thought. In this profound treatise Robert Jenson shows that all philosophical attempts to accurately think the self are doomed to failure and that the category "human" is itself unthinkable without reference to God.

As Jenson says at the outset of his

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Overview

Since Socrates, the effort to understand ourselves precisely as human has been the central occupation of Western thought. In this profound treatise Robert Jenson shows that all philosophical attempts to accurately think the self are doomed to failure and that the category "human" is itself unthinkable without reference to God.

As Jenson says at the outset of his book, the problem of anthropology is that the very concepts we need to use when we talk about ourselves as human resist being thought. On Thinking the Human explains why this is so. Under chapter titles that reflect the problem's different facets - "Thinking Death," "Thinking Consciousness," "Thinking Freedom," "Thinking Reality," "Thinking Wickedness," and "Thinking Love" - Jenson limns the difficulty inherent in each concept and then shows how the unthinkable becomes thinkable in light of the triune God of Scripture.

Carefully constructed and skillfully worded, On Thinking the Human will be valued by anyone reflecting deeply on what it means to be human.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802821140
Publisher:
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
100
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Thinking Death1
Thinking Consciousness16
Thinking Freedom32
Thinking Reality46
Thinking Wickedness59
Thinking Love74

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