The Concept Of Personhood And The Natural Life Stages Of Homo Sapiens

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A person is not born; instead, they are made with time. As mentioned in class, psychologists would agree with this as persons are ethical and moral objects. As such, the development of Homo sapiens into ethonomous, moral persons must coincide with aging, cultural or religious influence and development of mental processes. Therefore, this essay will attempt to organize the actualization of personhood with the natural life stages of Homo sapiens. The development will track human beings as they transition through states of the autonomous rational substance, the rational ethical subject, and lastly the ethonomous moral person. Furthermore, a discussion will ensue to clearly define personhood and actualization of personhood. When Homo sapiens enter the ontic realm, they enter as rationable substance. This fact is inherent in the name Homo sapiens since sapiens stems from the Latin participle sapiō which means “capable of discerning” or being wise through rationalizing. Rationable substance is a being with potential to become rational. Actualizing the potential of a rationable substance is necessary for achievement of personhood. Nevertheless, psychologists would agree that at birth Homo sapiens are not autonomous, which inherently in the etymology of the word suggests self-governing. Instead, newborn Homo sapiens are beings of instinct. When they’re born, they begin to cry. When place next to teat or anything resembling a teat, they begin to suckle. When placed into water,…

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