FROM HUMANISM TO PERSONALISM

Czesław Stanisław Bartnik

Czesław Stanisław Bartnik

Czesław Stanisław Bartnik (1929-), General Editor of the biannual Personalism, a famous Personalist. According to Prof. Czesław Bartnik Personalism is a system which affirms person as a key to understanding all reality, uncreated as well as created. He is a specialist in Karol Wojtyła’s Personalism.

His major books are: Personalizm (Lublin 1995, Warszawa 2000), Dogmatyka katolicka (Lublin 1999 – vol.I, Lublin 2003 – vol. II), Chrześcijaństwo personalistyczne (Lublin 2003), Historia filozofii (Lublin 2000, 2001).

From Humanism and Anthropology to Personalism

Professor Adam Schaff, a philosopher of language and former Marxist, when still a Marxist said that comprehending man as a person gave Catholicism the advantage over Marxism and that was why he had made attempts to incorporate the concept of person into the Marxist system (see Marxism and the Individual, Warsaw 1963).

TOWARDS HUMANISM

Human thought has been developing, and has had a number of specific stages. It has been fashionable since the 18th century to divide that thought into subsequent eras: from cosmological thought to the humanistic thought. It is most often said that in the beginning there was the cult of cosmos and nature, next came the era of gods and the birth of great religions. The Medieval era wanted to build the Kingdom of God on Earth. A return to ancient culture ensued during the Renaissance, and that return was called “humanism” i.e. a turn to man by F. I.

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