DOI 10.12887/33-2020-1-129-19

Wojciech WOJTYŁA – Transcendence and Participation as Keys to Understanding the Person: A Contribution to the Anthropology of Karol Wojtyła–John Paul II

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The words ‘transcendence’ and ‘participation’ comprised in the title of the article suggest a particular vantage point on Karol Wojtyła’s understanding of man and society. The main claim of the article is that transcendence and participation are the key concepts Wojtyła used in his effort to explain the mystery of the human person. The Cracow philosopher argued that by virtue of his very nature, man–person is able to transcend himself and the world towards the truth he learns, as well as to fulfill himself by developing relationships with other people. The underestimation of the importance of these two fundamental aspects of the person has led to numerous misunderstandings in the history of human thought. The perspective for the considerations the article comprises has been determined by Tadeusz Styczeń’s paper “Być sobą to przekraczać siebie: O antropologii Karola Wojtyły” [To Be Oneself is to Transcend Oneself: On the Anthropology of Karol Wojtyła]. The present article provides a philosophical commentary on two of its sections: “Być sobą to rządzić się prawdą” [To Be Oneself is to Govern Oneself with Truth] and “Być sobą to być solidarnym z każdym drugim” [To Be Oneself is to Live in Solidarity with Others].

The article is a modified version of the paper delivered during the seminar “On Personal Identity and Transcendence: Insights into the Ideas put forward by Tadeusz Styczeń in his ‘Być sobą to przekraczać siebie,’” held by the John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of Lublin on 13 December 2019.

Keywords: person, common good, community, solidarity, freedom, truth

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  5. DOI Prefix 10.12887