Karol Wojtyla: The Thought of the Man Who Became Pope John Paul II

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Translators’ Afterword
Buttiglione on Wojtyła’s Philosophy of
Freedom and an Update on Fifteen Years
of Studies of Wojtyła’s Thought

This book Afterword was published in Italian in 1982 and promptly sparked off a series of debates and seminars on Karol Wojtyła’s thought. A French and a Spanish translation appeared two years later. In 1994 Rocco Buttiglione was asked to write an introduction for the third Polish edition of The Acting Person (1969, 1985, 1994). This edition is particularly important because it was published in a new climate of press freedom, after the collapse of Communist dictatorship in Poland. That Rocco Buttiglione was asked to write the introduction for this edition indicates the prominence of his understanding of Karol Wojtyła’s thought; if one reads this introduction to The Acting Person (translated for this volume in the Appendix), one can see why he was selected for this arduous task. In this Afterword we offer the English-speaking reader a few keys to this book (Part I) and a succinct survey-update on the studies which appeared in between the publication of the Italian edition (Il Pensiero di Karol Wojtyła) and Eerdmans’ English translation (Part II).

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