The second half of the course addresses the properties of man from the Thomistic philosophical perspective: his vegetative, animative
, and cognitive operations; the nature of the human soul; the unity of soul and body; the nature, act, and objects of the human intellect; the necessity and freedom of the human will; and the interaction of the intellect and will in the free human act.
Likewise, Rossini's thematic analyses--including, but not limited to, his adept discussion of theatrical time in the work of Jose Rivera, the performativity of genre in the later plays of Luis Valdez, and the animative
metaphor of community in the works of Cherrie Moraga--will likely prove indispensable to future scholars and theater practitioners alike.
Taylor explains that animatives "refer to actions taking place on the ground ...
Taylor states that "animatives are part movement, as in animation; part identity, being, or soul, as in anima or life" (2007, 1417).