FROM THE DIGNITY OF PERSON TO THE DIGNITY OF NATION

Czesław Stanisław Bartnik

Czesław Stanisław Bartnik

Czesław Stanisław Bartnik (1929-), General Editor of the biannual Personalism, initiator of the system of universalistic personalism, professor of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Rev. Prof. is a distinguished specialist in personalism and in the theology of nation.

Rev. Prof. Czesław Bartnik wrote over 60 books and promoted over 60 doctoral dissertations.

His most important publications are: Personalizm (Lublin 1995, Warszawa 2000); Dogmatyka katolicka (Lublin 1999 – vol. I, Lublin 2003 – vol. II); Teologia narodu (Częstochowa 1999); Historia filozofii (Lublin 2000, 2001); Fenomen Europy (Radom 2001); Le Phénomène de la Nation (Lublin 2005).

When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He shall sit upon the throne of his glory. And before Him shall be gathered all nations. (Mt 25: 31-32)

The issue of the dignity of human person and the dignity of nation is rather complex because the basic concepts are fuzzy and polysemous. All three, “dignity,” “person,” and “nation”, have vague semantic fields. All argumentation, even scientific, does not always reach the heart of the reality or at least facilitate mutual understanding. Different studies are often based on different systemic assumptions as well as linguistic and cultural contexts. I would like to present the problem in the light of universalistic personalism, although this system is not widely known and must be concretized according to need.

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