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The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas AquinasEssays in Thomistic Philosophy, New and Old$
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W. Norris Clarke

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229284

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229284.001.0001

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Living on the Edge: The Human Person as “Frontier Being” and Microcosm

Living on the Edge: The Human Person as “Frontier Being” and Microcosm

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(p.132) Chapter 11 Living on the Edge: The Human Person as “Frontier Being” and Microcosm
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The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas
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W. Norris Clarke, SJ

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823229284.003.0011

This chapter proposes a creative retrieval of an interconnected pair of ancient ideas of what it means to be a human being and have a place in the cosmos. The first of this pair of ideas is that of the human person as a “frontier being,” living on the edge, on the frontier, between matter and spirit, time, and eternity. The second of this pair of ideas is that of the human person as “microcosm,” or small cosmos, the cosmos in miniature.

Keywords:   human being, cosmos, microcosm, frontier being, matter–spirit relationship, eternity

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