John Paul II's Philosophy of the Acting Person: A Personalistic Approach to Life
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This book traces the development of Karol Wojty?a’s philosophical anthropology and ethics from his early writings until their full maturity as expressed through the unique context of the papacy. Rarely can one find such an opportunity and an unprecedented stage in the theater of world history to continue developing and ‘testing out’ one’s ethical construction. Wojty?a’s ethical writings uniquely offer the full scope and scale of ethics in its theoretical and applied possibilities played out in the most comprehensively open context of concrete historical totality.
The English speaking world, due to the poverty of English translations of Wojty?a’s writings consider The Acting Person his magnum opus without situating it within his larger ethical concerns. It is for this reason that his still unpublished ethical writings in English, such as The Lectures from Lublin will be included and critically examined here in order to situate The Acting Person as the necessary horizon and theoretical requirement for his overall ethical construction. This book contains one color photograph.
“Dr. André Ong’s book is one of the few comprehensive discussions of Wojty?a’s philosophy of action available. It is based on a thorough research of most of his works from Lectures from Lublin through his major work, The Acting Person, to his later papal encyclicals. It is one of the most systematic and most insightful analyses of Karol Wojty?a the philosopher of the human person as concrete totality. I enthusiastically recommend Dr. Ong’s book as a most timely contribution to a renewed appreciation of Wojty?a’s philosophical achievements as well as to the ongoing discussion of human action beyond the limits of both classical and analytic approaches.”
– Prof. Anselm K. Min, Claremont Graduate University
“Ong shows a deep and broad appreciation for Wojtyla’s contributions to philosophy and ethics. Especially in the last chapter of the book he also provides a challenging critique of some aspects of Wojtyla’s writings in the light of Hegel’s “category of a dialectical anthropology of concrete totality.” Ong’s understanding of this category is influenced by the interpretations of Karel Kosik and Asnelm Min.” – Prof. Paul Flaman, University of Alberta
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