PERSONALISTIC ONTOLOGY

Czesław Stanisław Bartnik

Czesław Stanisław Bartnik

Czesław Stanisław Bartnik (1929-) is the author of an original system known as “realistic universalistic personalism.” He is a Catholic priest, since 1956 Professor at the Catholic Univesity of Lublin. From 1990 to 2002 a member of the Central Committee for Scientific Titles and Degrees, a member of the Theological Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Rev. Bartnik’s most important works include: Formen der politischen Theologie in Polen (Regensburg 1986); Hermeneutyka personalistyczna (Lublin 1994); Fenomen Europy (Lublin 1998, Radom 2001); Historia filozofii (Lublin 2000, 2001); Dogmatyka katolicka, vols. 1-2 (Lublin 1999-2003); Bóg i ateizm (Lublin 2002); Misterium człowieka (Lublin 2004).

Personalism is a philosophical, theological, and scientific system.

The understanding of personalistic ontology or personalistic general metaphysics may be twofold: as a mode of being of an individual or social person as such or as a mode of being viewed from the personalistic perspective. It is the latter understanding that constitutes the primary subject matter of the present article.

The problem

Personalism is understood here not only in the sense of an anthropology which treats every human being as a person, but also in the sense of a philosophical system, concerned with the whole of reality.

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