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Overview This book provides the student of philosophy with a comprehensive discussion of the human experience, with the single aim of uncovering the meaning of being human.
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Studio: Loyola Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 1" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1985
Publisher Loyola Press
ISBN 0829405046 ISBN13 9780829405040
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More About James B. Reichmann & S. J. Reichmann
Reichmann is professor emeritus of philosophy at Seattle University where he continues to teach.
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It depends on what you're looking for. Feb 9, 2007
James Reichmann is a Jesuit in the pre-Vatican II sense. At the time of the review, as well as when he wrote the book, he teaches philosophy at Seattle University (which is, of course, a Jesuit school).
He is set in his beliefs, and it shows in the text. The text begins with a high-speed rundown of some of the big names in philosophy, briefly describing some of their work (spanning about 33 pages in all, out of roughly 270 pages). The rest of the book focuses on Reichmann's own philosophy with little attention paid to possible criticisms.
The text is decidedly Christian in nature: Reichmann describes humans as creatures which are priviledged above all other animals, which he argues do not have the ability to learn, think, or communicate in any meaningful sense.
I think this book, and it's attitude in general, can be summed up with the following passages; I've included some commentary with some of the passages, so as to account for the rating I've given:
"The sobering conclusion emerging from the immense array of data gathered through the space explorations and the recent probes by astronomers into outer space is that life is, as far as we know, a unique earthly phenomenon." (246) [This is not a sound conclusion, nor an accurate representation of the facts: we've only explored the area of space local to earth. As such, we cannot arrive at any "sobering conclusion" -- we must remain ambivolent to the possibility of life on other planets.]
"Lastly, the inadequacy of the evolutionary theory to account for the origin of the human was considered. A brief account of the developments in the area of microbiology and anthropology was presented, and reasons why evolutionary theory is unable to explain the origin of the human were also given." (270) [He did, indeed, spend a lot of time arguing against evolution. You may or may not believe in evolution, but hopefully you do believe that, when arguing against it, we should at least describe the theory accurately and attack it in its most defensive form. Sadly, I think his description of the theory is not accurate to begin with, which undermines the credibility of his argument. Straw man!]
"Recent developments in the areas of microbiology and anthropology are most consonant with a theistic view which assigns the origin and development of living things to a divine, creative act whereby nonliving matter is first organized and oriented toward a higher synthesis of a dynamically functional and creative unity." (272) [Even if you accept his arguments against evolution, he does not show how divine creation comes to the rescue. Again, you may believe in creation, and that's fine, but for the sake of a textbook we should be a bit more rigorous: if we want to argue in favor of creation, we should explain why!]
If you hold these views, you will find in this book a voice which agrees with you and does not offer an alternative perspective; if you disagree with these views, you will probably feel as though he is misrepresenting the evidence and basing his arguments on straw men. While this is good doctrine, I cannot say that it is in line with Jesuit standards of rigor, much less the philosophical practice of carefully constructing one's argument. For this reason, I give the book 1 star.
Too much time spent in the Ivory tower. Apr 21, 2005
This guy is far out. His attempt to find purely philosophical solutions to problems in the human situation reminds me of the guy in the armchair who talked about building a flying saucer. Although the abstract concepts left him where he was, he was possessed by the delusion that he was trailing Halley's comet. Reichmann, too, seems preoccupied such that, in addressing epistemological questions he thinks he's resolved some problem in concrete reality. You cannot reach ecumenical celebration of truth without compromising it because mankind is beset with sin. Only Jesus Christ will change the hearts of men, not some philosophical argument distilled from philosophical concoctions.
Much More Than A Super Suspense Thriller!! Nov 19, 2003
Reichmann brilliantly inserts philosophical ideas into the narrative. In addition to tracing the life of our protagonist, Thomas, Fr. Reichmann describes his struggles in coming to grips with his only too human self. Along the way, he teams up with his sidekick Archimedes, who provides valuable insight. With the help of Archimedes, Thomas comes to understand his phenomena of questioning, learning, intellection and habituation. He then must prepare himself for the ultimate test. In a thrilling conclusion, Thomas is forced to face his own origins. Will Thomas be tempted by the devil and accept a monkey as his father? Read on and find out!
An excellent overview of the Thomist position Apr 28, 2003
This text provides an excellent intoduction and summary of the philosophy of the human being as has been traditionally taught in the Western tradition. Reichmann provides clear descriptions of several difficult topics in the philosophy of the person from the classic Thomist persepctive, especially in reference to modern issues like the beginning of life and the challenges posed by evolutionary theory
A good introduction to Philosophy. Nov 22, 1996
You will be introduced to the major thinkers of philosophy and their philosophies concerning the human person