Introduction 1: Why we Speak of Persons 2: Why we call Persons `Persons' 3: How we Identify Persons 4: The Negative 5: Intentionality 6: Transcendence 7: Fiction 8: Religion 9: Time 10: Death and the Future Perfect Tense 11: Independence of Context 12: Subjects 13: Souls 14: Conscience 15: Recognition 16: Freedom 17: Promise and Forgiveness 18: Are All Human Beings Persons?
Robert Spaemann is Emeritus Professor at the University of Munich and Honorary Professor of the University of Salzburg. His research focuses on Christian ethics with particular attention to bioethics, ecology, and human rights. Oliver O'Donovan is Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh. He is the Series Editor of the Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics series and a past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics. His publications include The Desire of the Nations (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Common Objects of Love (Eerdmans, 2002), and The Ways of Judgment (2005).
Spaemann provides substantive analysis about what persons are by
distinguishing what persons do from what nonpersons do. But this is
no mere case of positing-in good Sartrean fashion-that human
existence precedes essence. No, this is a sophisticated
investigation into what makes persons unique among all other
existing entities through a focus on those activities, primarily of
the mind, that enable one to understand human beings as persons. *
Chris Emerick, PNEUMA *
Persons is a significant contribution to contemporary thinking and, as such, needs to be read. * Sue Patterson, The Journal of Theological Studies *
Until recently relatively unknown outside Germany, the work of the Christian moral philosopher Robert Spaemann is now commanding the attention of English readers; this elegant translation of his work on personhood will do much to further his reputation as a thinker of uncommon breadth and penetration . . . It is a work of a remarkably poised and fully realized intelligence, full of passages of breathtaking perception, all the more striking for their calm modest simplicity. * John Webster, The Expository Times *
A prolific German Catholic intellectual historian, ethicist, political theorist, and public intellectual. * Arthur Madigan, The Journal of Religious Ethics Vol. 38, No. 2 (June 2010) *