Mitchell Johansson

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2018 - 2019 Garnet Track: Second Place

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This thesis is a philosophical defense of certain proposals John Paul II outlined and argued for in his work A Theology of the Body. The format of this thesis will be the following, arranged into four parts. In part one, I will give a very brief historical introduction to John Paul II and his work. Then I will sketch the philosophical matrix which the Theology of the Body enters, and introduce the synthetic methodology that John Paul II employs. The second part will elaborate and explain John Paul II’s metaphysics and phenomenology of the human person, the theological dimension of the body, the thesis of the gift, and the meaning of human sexuality as developed in the Theology of the Body. In part three, I will consider certain criticisms against the arguments of the Theology of the Body, each of which will be followed by a philosophical defense of John Paul II’s thought. In part four, I will conclude with a few final remarks.