STEP 3. THE
NATURE OF THE PERSON.
The structure of the human soul. Personal psychology and philosophy
step deals with an attempt to understand the unique reality of the human person,
the personal search for truth and goodness. Bonaventure describes the structure
and faculties of the human soul and mind. According to him, they have a
Trinitarian structure, which points to their divine origin. While reflecting
upon the function of the human faculties—e.g., thinking or desiring— we
discover the existence of the higher truth (the laws of logical judgment) and
the highest good or ethical value (the goal of our desires). The origin of
judgments and moral laws seems to be situated above the human person. In this
way, according to Bonaventure, personal psychology and philosophy point to
God—or some supra-personal order in reality—as the source of higher values
of Step 3, transl. by O. Bychkov
psychology (reflection on your own psyche)
Trans. and Intro. Henry Chadwick. NY: Oxford UP, 1991. I,1,9; VII,7-13;
Aurelius. Meditations. Trans. Maxwell Staniforth, abrdg. Robert Waterfield. NY:
Penguin, 1995. Pagination needed.
Michel de. The Autobiography of Michel de
Montaigne, Comprising the Life of the Wisest Man of his Times. Ed. Marvin
Lowenthal. NY: Vintage, 1935, Ch. 13.
Jean-Paul, “Existentialism as a Humanism.” Essays
in Existentialism, ed. Wade Baskin. NY: Citadel Press, 1970, pp. 31-47.