The Ontogenesis of the Human Person: A Neo-Aristotelian View

University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy 8 (1):96-116 (2013)
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In this paper I examine the question of when human life begins from a neo-Aristotelian perspective. In my view, the basic principles of Aristotle’s metaphysics inform an account of human life (and the human person) that offers the best available explanation of the available phenomena. This account – the substance account of the human person – can fully incorporate the contemporary findings of empirical embryology, while also recognizing the essential uniqueness of rational human nature.

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M. T. Lu
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota


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