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DOI 10.12887/33-2020-2-130-19

Alfred M. WIERZBICKI, Synthesis and Dialogue: Reflections on the ‘Style’ of John Paul II, on the Centenary of His Birthday

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The hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Paul II provides an opportunity, as well as a need, to look at his biography more closely, exploring the ways in which he influenced the modern history of the Church, the world, and Poland. The author of the paper analyzes the style which marks the written works of the Pope from Cracow, as well as his actions. It appears that both John Paul II’s thinking and acting were aimed at providing an ideational synthesis by way of dialogue. Indeed, ‘synthesis’ and ‘dialogue’ mark various areas of Wojtyła’s activity, whether he continued it as a poet, a philosopher, or a priest. The author of the present essay comments on (1) the young Wojtyła’s poetic project, which already manifests the idea of a synthesis of various traditions; (2) his philosophical synthesis of ethics and anthropology, the two disciplines conceived as ‘philosophy of human matters’; (3) the humanistic sense of interreligious dialogue continued by the Pope; (4) his idea of the ‘union’ as the political scheme reflecting the philosophical principle of participation.

Translated by Dorota Chabrajska

Keywords: synthesis, dialogue, person, community, consciousness, participation, tradition, transformations

Contact: Department of Ethics, Institute of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Al. Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
E-mail: alfred.wierzbicki@kul.pl
ORCID: 0000-0002-9661-0828

  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. e-ISSN 2720-5355
  3. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 100.00
  4. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  5. DOI Prefix 10.12887