Karol Wojtyla’s Personalist Philosophy of Education


Karol Wojtyla and his philosophy is well known among scholars of philosophy for its rich contribution to ethics, anthropology, epistemology, and metaphysics. He is also acknowledged as a personalist philosopher because of the fundamental claims of his philosophy that enrich the movement. When Wojtyla got elected as Pope and took the name John Paul II, he continued writing about these well-known themes as manifested in his encyclicals Redemptor Hominis, Veritatis Splendor, and Fides et Ratio, to name a few. As such, it is unsurprising why scholars focus on these central themes of the thought of Karol Wojtyla. While it is also unfortunate that there are only a few studies about his philosophy of education despite writing an apostolic exhortation on Catholic Education namely, Sapientia Christiana and Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Although Wojtyla did not write a solely dedicated essay, scholarly journal, or book discussing particularly his thoughts on education, these two mature Apostolic Exhortations are fruitions of his mature philosophical thoughts. This work primarily intends to prove that there exists a philosophy of education in Karol Wojtyla that is rooted in his personalist philosophy. Scholars of Wojtyla’s philosophy seldom discuss this specific point in his philosophy. Yet, there is a clear threat to the person in the current state of education. Thus, there is an emergence to recover and retrieve the value of the person in education. This leads the present research to answer the problem: How can the philosophy of Karol Wojtyla become a personalist philosophy of education?

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Blaise Ringor, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

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Conference: ACE2022
Stream: Education

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