The Philosophy of Man

The Philosophy of Man is a new high school offering from Tan Books.

All of our Faith’s truths apply to the human soul. But do you know exactly what the soul is?

The timeless questions can only be answered properly if we have an understanding of another underlying question that they touch on: “What is the human soul?”

Following upon the previous volumes in the series, Philosophy of Man seeks to help the beginner in philosophy understand the maxim of the Greeks: “Know thyself.”

The study of the soul is of great use in our pursuit of wisdom because knowledge of the soul assists us in every other branch of knowledge—for it is by means of the soul that we know. Therefore, knowing more about the soul will help us better understand each of the things we know. Following the philosophical system of Saint Thomas, Philosophy of Man will guide the student in how to view his soul and to see the order that God has created. Every philosophical and theological error of modernity culminates in a misunderstanding of who the human person is, how he is made, and what he is made for. 

In this third volume of The Foundations of Wisdom,understand how the Church explains that the human person is “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Deepen your understanding of our very selves, learning how God made us to come to know Him and see His mark in every aspect of creation.

The Church has championed a school of thought by which to view the human soul. Do we know what it is?

In a world where confusion regarding material reality itself abounds, a true understanding of human nature is needed now more than ever before. TAN Books is pleased to present to those beginning their journey in philosophy a short and succinct primer on this elementary reality: the human soul. 

Written by the author of the textbook himself, the Philosophy of Man Study Guide was designed as a companion guide for the reader of the text that offers prompts and questions to help hone in on the key takeaways from each chapter and solidify the student’s understanding of the text. 

Intended to give the basics of the soul—a concept simple to understand generally but difficult  to master—the Philosophy of Man guides the student through the principles needed in clear thinking to encounter and work through difficulties in an increasingly complex world. Knowing the truth of what the soul is and what that means for us will enable us to live as ones truly free. Philosophy of Man is the third of four volumes in the Foundations of Wisdom series by TAN Books; it is designed to provide the student with the foundational principles of rational thinking so as to give him the formation to discover the truth and defend against error.

Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, editor of "Today's Catholic Homeschooling", is the mother of two biological sons and one adopted daughter. She is in her fifteenth year of homeschooling. She has a B.A. in History and Fine Art and a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She is the author of "The Crash Course Guide to Catholic Homeschooling" and "The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Rosary". She blogs at