THOMIST PERSONALISM

Karol Wojtyła

Karol Wojtyła

Karol Józef Wojtyła (1920-2005), Global Pope, John Paul II the Great. As a bishop he spoke on personalism at the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Karol Wojtyła bridged Thomism and Phenomenology in his Personalism.

As an Ethical Personalist Wojtyła wrote: Miłość i odpowiedzialność (Lublin, PL 1960; Fruitful and Responsible Love, New York, USA 1979) and Osoba i czyn (Kraków, PL 1969; The Acting Person, Dordrecht, Holland 1979) in which he formulated the concept of the personalistic principle: “The person is a being for whom the only suitable dimension is love.”

Persona est perfectissimum ens
St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas was familiar with the conception of person and described it in a very clear manner. A separate issue is whether he knew the problem of personalism and presented it with the same clarity.

1. Introductory remarks

However, one may legitimately conclude that since his treatment of the problem of person is so explicit, this in itself constitutes the starting point for the whole of personalism.

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