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

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Appendix
Rocco Buttiglione’s Introduction to the
Third Polish Edition of K. Wojtyła’s
The Acting Person, Lublin, 1994

Notes on Ways of Reading The Acting Person

1. Preliminary Remarks

Works of philosophy to the Third also have Polish Edition a destiny. of The Acting On the one Person hand, they attempt to express a truth which is beyond time, which is eternally valid apart from the perennial variations of historical circumstances and cultural fashions. On the other hand, philosophical works are always rooted in a time and in a historical circumstance, in a cultural and national specificity, and even in a personal biography. The authentic philosophical work is neither the repetition of an abstract philosophical truth grasped outside of time nor the expression of an individual and arbitrary view of the world. It is rather a witness to truth within a concrete human situation, which embodies truth in that situation and makes it existentially concrete.

For this reason a philosopher’s work is both absolutely simple and extremely complex, and philosophy is both essentially one, just as truth is

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