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Metaphysics of the Person and Medical Ethics (2018 CMA boot camp talk 1)


This talk was given at the 6th Annual Catholic Medical Association Medical Student and Resident Boot Camp at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois on June 21, 2018. I begin with a brief discussion of the role of the Magisterium for Medical Students and Physicians, and then I read a paper of mine that appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly on the soul and neuroscience and there is a q&a session about its topic. The published version of the paper is titled: Discussion the Spiritual Soul in the Classroom.

Ethical Issues 2 A: Foundational Metaphysical Distinctions

This is the first half of class 2 of Ethical Issues, Spring 2016 at Salve Regina University. In this half of the lecture I explain a series of distinctions within being for the purpose of preparing the way for more meaningful discussion of the ethical issues we will discuss in later weeks. Here is the list of items on the handout:
Distinctions within being:
1. material/immaterial
2. Ens/esse/essentia Being/existence (that)/essence (what how)
3. General essence/“concrete“ essence (instantiation)
4. personal/non-personal
5. conscious/non-conscious
6. potential/actual
7. substance/accident
8. mortal/immortal
9. absolute/contingent
In part 2 of the lecture, I cover part of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail and then we cover C.S. Lewis The Abolition of Man in some detail. That is in the next post.