Item description for The Acting Person: A Contribution to Phenomenological Anthropology (Analecta Husserliana) by Pope John Paul II & Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka...
Originally entitled Osoba i Czyn and published in Poland in 1969, TheActing Person is the official English translation and has been thoroughly edited and revised with the collaboration of the author.
The book stresses that Man must ceaselessly unravel his mysteries and strive for a new and more mature expression of his nature. The author sees this expression as an emphasis on the significance of the individual living in community and on the person in the process of performing an action. The author states in his preface that he has tried to face the major issues concerning life, nature, and the existence of Man directly as they present themselves to Man in his struggles to survive while maintaining the dignity of a human being, but who is torn apart between his all too limited condition and his highest aspirations to set himself free.
The author hopes that his book "contributes to this disentangling of the conflicting issues facing Man, which are crucial for Mans own clarification of his existence and direction of his conduct".
The authors analysis of the human being is a dynamic counter to the materialistic and positivistic tendencies in various schools of modern philosophy. Ever since Descartes, the knowledge of Man and his world has been identified through cognition. This book is a reversal of the post-Cartesian attitude toward Man in that it characterises him as the person in action.
Audience: The Acting Person will be of great interest to philosophers, anthropologists, and scholars specializing in phenomenology. It will also be of deep concern to theologians, priests, seminarians, and members of religious orders who wish to gain an insight into Pope John Paul IIs philosophy of life.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 1979
ISBN 9027709858 ISBN13 9789027709851
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More About Pope John Paul II & Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
KAROL WOJTYLA was born in Wadowice on May 18th, 1920. In 1946 he became a priest. He was appointed assistant Bishop of Cracovia in 1958 and Archbishop in 1963. On October 16th, 1978, he was elected Pope and adopted the name of John Paul II. He has written many books with world wide acknowledgment.
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Early work of Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) Mar 10, 2006
Anyone who desires a deeper understanding of the thought of Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) should spend time reading his early work. I highly recommend for anyone who is studying Theology of the Body.
The one who seeks the truth seeks God! Feb 24, 2006
This text is well presented by the publisher and its contents do inform the reader on the classical thought patterns and their underlying philosophical presuppositions that made Pope John-Paul II the man of our times who was and is an intellectual and spiritual force to be recond with.
" A definitive form from my text" - Wojtyla Apr 29, 2005
Wojtyla's original version of the Acting Person is now known as his Opus Magnus of his philosophical work. I will skip writing regarding what this book is about since reviewers below did a good job however I would like to mention some interesting facts such as that Wojtyla wrote his original work during the Second Vatican Council and, specifically, as he mentioned in his Gift & Mystery book sequel, wrote in a chapel where His Most Blessed Sacrament was.
Furthermore, regarding the differences from the Anglo translation hitherto being reviewed, there is a preface from Wojtyla himself-which he felt in obligation to do- that mentions that the Anglo book is a bit different:
The Acting Person " in comparison with the first and only Polish edition...contains a certain number of changes however the basic conception has remained unaltered" ( Wojtyla's preface to the Anglo work).
The "certain number of changes" as Wojtyla describes are in around 900 places in the Anglo version as Kupczak once noted.
Since Wojtyla wrote the aforementioned preface there is now a more definitive Polish edition; the 1994 3rd Edition from the University of Lublin. You can obtain the latter from a Polish bookstore website which is how I got a copy however I noticed that this site might be able to get you a copy as well -use the search option.
Regarding the Spanish version as some reviewers mentioned below, it is not any different from the Anglo version- and hence not imperative unless you can't read English- because it is an exact translation from the latter. The title of the Spanish version is called Persona y Acción. You might still get a copy from the source - B.A.C ( Bliblioteca de Autores Cristianos). That's how I got mine and through their website I obtained a brand new-out-of print-hardcopy of Persona y Accion for $46 bucks including S&H.
Overall, the Anglo version is not a bad book to read and as Wojtyla himself wrote regarding it: the Anglo version " has given a definitive form from my text" ( Wojtyla/JPII). If you still concerned about the Anglo version because of its 900 or so changes than learn Polish and buy Osaba i czyn.
A Scholarly Work for the Ages Nov 29, 2003
This book is perhaps the most significant philosophical work since Cajetan's commentary on the Summa. Working from consciousness as a bridge between (1) the internal person and (2) the person's externally-manifested actions, Wojtyla insightfully demolishes the idealism-empiricism split which led Descartes and countless others into skepticism. The book is also historically significant for two other reasons. First, JPII's condemnation (see Veritatis Splendor) of an entire system of moral theology is based on the thought of this book. Second, the book establishes a philosophical basis for the claims about human dignity made at Vatican II, which Wojtyla was attending when he wrote the book. Finally, since his method is phenomenological, his introspection is pretty much self-evident, and thereby philosophically unassailable. I have only read the first half of it in the (apparently controversial) English edition, but even that much was unusually insightful. Admittedly, I had to read certain sections about six times to understand his terminology, and to make sure that I wasn't being fooled by a vague translation, but once you see what he is actually saying, the scope and moment of the work becomes apparent.
Better Edition of the Acting Person Dec 2, 2001
The Vatican has attempted to halt continued dissemination of the only English edition of The Acting Person with good reason. Apparently, it is not a faithful translation of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II's Polish original. The translator, who is herself a phenomenologist but thinks differently from the author has changed crucial passages of his work. The second Polish edition which has been translated into French and Spanish is apparently accurate, for those who can read those languages. I myself am looking for one of these, preferably Spanish, but have not been able to find one. Two good overviews of Karol Wojtyla's philosophical anthropology can be found in Kenneth Schmitz's At the Center of the Human Drama and Jaroslaw Kupczak's Destined for Liberty.