An integral understanding of experience to discover the human person as a corporeal-spiritual unity


  • Eduardo Pérez Pueyo Centro Regional de Estudios Teológicos de Aragón, Zaragoza, España



experience, person, body, spirit, Juan Manuel Burgos, Karol Wojtiła


From Karol Wojtyła’s works (mainly, The acting person, 1969), the spanish philosopher Juan Manuel Burgos (1961) proposes in his works La experiencia integral (2015) and La vía de la experiencia o la salida del laberinto (2018) a new conception of human experience that is radically separated from empiricism and stands out for structuring at all times the sensitive and the intellectual. This understanding of experience is called the “integral experience method” and helps to build a personalist philosophy in which, based on experience, the human being is revealed as a unity in which both the corporeal and the spiritual occur simultaneously. First, we will comment on the vision of modernity about experience (n. 1), and then a brief presentation of the personalist philosophy will be made (n. 2). Next, the “integral experience method” will be presented (n.3); and it will be shown how, from this vision of experience, the human person reveals himself as a bodily, psychic and spiritual unit (nn. 4-5). Finally, an assessment of Juan Manuel Burgos’ proposal will be made (n. 6).






Human nature, soul and body. Convergence of perspectives