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DOI 10.12887/31-2018-1-121-16



Adrian J. Reimers – University and the Culture of the Person


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This article examines Pope John Paul II’s claim in an address to the Catholic University of Lublin (1987) that to serve the truth is to serve the liberation of both the human being and the nation. Drawing on Aristotle’s principle that the mind “is, in a way, all things,” the article argues that education is deeply personal, as the learning of the truth is ineluctably transformative of the person himself. This principle redounds not only to the person who learns but the nation’s culture. Citing John Paul II’s address to UNESCO (1980) we argue that by forming the culture, education serves to develop the nation’s relation to truth. Knowledge of its own culture enables the nation to transcend purely materialistic concerns and collectively to embrace its proper freedom.

Keywords: education, university, truth, intellect, culture, freedom, John Paul II, Aristotle

Contact: Department of Philosophy,
University of Notre Dame,
100 Malloy Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana, 46556-4619, USA

E-mail: a.j.reimers@gmail.com
Phone: +1 574 631 7384
https://www3.nd.edu/~areimers/



  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 12.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2015: 69.59), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887