Person and Value: Karol Wojtyła’s Personalistic and Normative Theory of Man, Morality, and Love discusses the central themes of Karol Wojtyła’s personalistic teaching in a concise yet comprehensive manner. Grzegorz Ignatik presents a philosophical understanding of the human person and human action that conforms with the phenomenological and metaphysical methodologies used by Wojtyła himself. This book pays special attention to Wojtyła’s phenomenological insights concerning the significance of value for human life. Ignatik’s reflections are based on his extensive research of original texts—published and yet unpublished—written by Karol Wojtyła in his original tongue, Polish. By returning to and rediscovering the original sources, Person and Value provides a fresh and profound engagement with the anthropological and ethical thought of the future Pope John Paul II. Written for all who wish to encounter one of the most illustrious minds of the twentieth century, this book will be an indispensable key to reading his works.
Grzegorz Ignatik is associate professor of theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum.
Foreword by Jarosław Kupczak, OP
Chapter 1: A Theory of the Person and Community
Chapter 2: A Theory of Morality and Ethics
Chapter 3: Love as the Fulfillment and Task
Appendix: Further Reading
About the Author
"The book provides a methodically structured access to human existence by systematically drawing on the personal perspective. Its foundation is the ethical-anthropological thinking of Karol Wojtyła (John Paul II), which can fully meet the scientific expectations of the present. This is a philosophy of transcendence, integration, and self-determination that is developed with a view to personal existence and divine being. The author plausibly shows that being a person means discovering the value of the other in the context of conscious and free action. Furthermore, he shows that the real world is shaped in the moral context of love and responsibility. The book achieves its goal with scientific simplicity, thoroughness, and originality. In the end, every reader can benefit in many ways."
"This book succeeds in leading the reader into a living encounter with Karol Wojtyła’s philosophical and theological vision. We learn from Grzegorz Ignatik the depth with which Wojtyła discerned the soul of contemporary man and the demands of our times."