Friday, November 27, 2009

Doug Groothuis's Thomistic letter to National Public Radio

My friend, Doug Groothuis, sent the following letter to NPR. Doug offers NPR a brief instruction on the nature of the human person, not unlike the one taught by St. Thomas Aquinas. (See, for example, my article "The Explanatory Power of the Substance View of Persons.")
Dear NPR:

Your November 24 edition (of "All Things Considered") featured the story of a man who came out of a seemingly unconscious state after twenty-three years--only to report that he was aware of his surroundings during this time. His condition was referred to as a "persistent vegetative state." While this is a medical term, it is erroneous philosophically. No human being can be in a vegetative state, since no human being is ever a vegetable. Humans should always be treated as humans, and never as vegetation.

Sincerely,
Douglas Groothuis

Doug is the co-editor (with another friend of mine, Jim Sennett) of an outstanding volume, In Defense of Natural Theology: A Post-humean Assessment (InterVarsity Press, 2005)

1 comment:

Doug Groothuis said...

This is the first time I have been paired with Thomas. What a surprise. Thank you for publishing my letter. I have not heard from NPR yet.