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DOI 10.12887/31-2018-2-122-20

Fr. Alfred M. WIERZBICKI – Is the Experience of Truth Sufficient for Building Ethics as a Theory of Moral Duty?

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This article is a comment on Tadeusz Styczeń’s study “Etyka jako antropologia normatywna” [“Ethics as Normative Anthropology”] and it is a contribution to the debate held among his disciples who want to develop his conception of the normative power of truth. The ‘veritative’ interpretation of personalism, outlined in Styczeń’s later writings, is a particularization and a specification of its ‘dignitative’ interpretation worked out by Karol Wojtyła and developed by Styczeń himself in his early ethical writings. The dignity of the human person is the source of moral obligation. This principle follows from the fact that the principal manifestation of the dignity of the person is his (her) ability to know truth. Styczeń claims that self-information is self-imperative and that the subject becomes ‘a trustee of truth’ and at the same time ‘a trustee of a trustee of truth,’ or, of any person capable of recognizing truth on the grounds of his (her) rationality. The author of the present paper poses the question of whether the experience of the normative power of truth is as universal as the experience of the dignity of the person. He also points out that in order to achieve a complete ethical theory one should consider the axiological structure of the reality and therefore normativity is a property of the truth about good.

Keywords: person, dignity, normativity, truth, good

The article is a modified version of the paper delivered during the seminar “Tadeusz Styczeń’s Normative Anthropology,” held by the John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of Lublin on 14 December 2017.

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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887