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Law, Person, and CommunityPhilosophical, Theological, and Comparative Perspectives on Canon Law$
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John J. Coughlin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199756773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756773.001.0001

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Canon Law and Anthropology

Canon Law and Anthropology

(p.13) Chapter 1 Canon Law and Anthropology
Law, Person, and Community

John J. Coughlin

Oxford University Press

This chapter sketches the elements of the anthropology that underpins canon law. After describing the twentieth-century Catholic anthropological project, it identifies certain anthropological elements and relates them to specific canons. The elements are: human nature, the body, the soul, reason, affect, conscience, free will, memory, the person as social being, and the end of the human person. The description of the ten elements involves canonical, theological, and philosophical perspectives.

Keywords:   Catholic anthropology, human nature, body, soul, reason, affect, conscience, free will, memory, human person

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