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

W. Norris Clarke, SJ

in The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229284
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236671 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229284.003.0011
Living on the Edge: The Human Person as “Frontier Being” and Microcosm

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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

Chapter.  9027 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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