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Person - Man
(8,272 words)

Part of Person:

1. Concept

2. Man

A. Philosophical

1. The question posed by the definition. The best known definition of man is animal rationale, which probably goes back to the Peripatetics. According to Iamblichus (De Vita Pythagorica, 31) the definition was already given by Aristotle himself. It was adopted by the scholastics, e.g., Boethius, Isagoge Porphyrii, Commentarium, editto prima, I, 20 (PL, LXIV, col. 35); Anselm of Canterbury, Monologion, cap. 10; De grammatico, cap. 8; Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, II/I…

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Joseph Möller, Alexander Sand and Karl Rahner, “Person - Man”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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