Destiny of Body and Soul: Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas on Human Finitude

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The Destiny of Body and Soul: St. Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle On Human Finitude

A Term Paper
Presented to the
Faculty of Arts and Letters AB Philosophy
University of Santo Tomas


In Partial Fulfillment of
The Requirements in the
History of Western Philosophy


Submitted By:
Sem. Ariel Joseph A. Batondo
March 2013

Table of Contents

Title Page

Chapter I

A. Introduction

B. Review of Related Literature
Chapter II

A. Human Person: A Union of Material and Immaterial, His Nature and His Perfection

B. Death revealed in Science
I. What is Death in Science?
II. Fear of Death
III. Death as Punishment
IV. Life after Death

B. Annihilation: Possible or Impossible?

D. Death as Bridge for a Continued Existence

Chapter III

A. Summary and Conclusion

B. Ideogram



A. Introduction

Death brings man’s life to fulfillment.[1]
-Romano Guardini

The most vital question in any study of the nature of death is this: in what sense can death be said to be the destiny of Man? This will help us to answer further questions about the natural character of death and help us to understand Christ’s death and our own. Another question is about death, whether expressed or not, is at the heart of human existence. It gives us questions such as, why do people die? Were we born to die? Is there something in us that persist after our life passes forth the portals of inexistence? These questions are manifestations of an instinctive preference to life. But an examination of death which this paper embarks would hopefully bring us to an alternative standpoint of...
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