John Paul II: Poet and Philosopher
By becoming Pope, the philosopher Wojtyla precipitated the hitherto obscure school of phenomenological personalism onto the central stage of Catholic thought. This philosophical approach does not contradict the more traditional Thomistic tradition, but it is new and modern in several...
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By becoming Pope, the philosopher Wojtyla precipitated the hitherto obscure school of phenomenological personalism onto the central stage of Catholic thought. This philosophical approach does not contradict the more traditional Thomistic tradition, but it is new and modern in several important respects. However, it is unfamiliar to Anglo-Saxon philosophers who have not specialized in Continental thought, and there are very few books that explain it in a way that students of philosophy - as well as students of the Pope - would find useful and enjoyable. This is one of the first books to do so. The question that the author finds at the heart of the Pope's thinking is not the abstract question of how to define the human person, but the Gospel and existential question, 'Who is my neighbour?'. By answering this, Wojtyla provides a footbridge into the very heart of Christian experience and the meaning of love.
John McNerney is a Chaplain at University College Dublin, with responsibility for the faculties of Commerce and Veterinary Medicine. He studied at UCD and the Gregorian University in Rome.
- Part 1: To The Heart Of The Drama; 1. Introduction; 2. Philosophical Reflections Unfolded; 3. Quid Est Homo? 4. Wojtyla And The Lublin School Of Philosophy; 5. Encounter With Phenomenology; 6. Between Scylla And Charybdis; 7. The Acting Person; Part Ii: The Neighbour As Paradigm Towards An Adequate Philosophy Of The Human Person; 1. The Acting Person: The New Element; 2. Participation Defined: The Ontological Underpinning; 3. The Ethical Expansion Of Participation: The Commandment Of Love; 4. Conclusion: A New Ontological-ethical Anthropology Stemming From The 'as'; Part Iii: The Enactment Of The Drama Of The Human Person; 1. From 'wojtyla I' To 'wojtyla Ii'; 2. Homo Ethicus-interpersonalis: Ethical-phenomenological Application To A New Galileo Crisis; 3. Homo Aestheticus: Art As An Attempt At Recapturing The Reality Of The Human Person; 4. Homo Oeconomicus; Part Iv: Footbridge Towards The Other; Conclusions; Index