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The Acting Person: A Contribution to Phenomenological Anthropology (Analecta Husserliana - The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research, Vol. X) Hardcover – February 28, 1979

ISBN-13: 978-9027709851 ISBN-10: 9027709858 Edition: 1979th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1979 edition (February 28, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9027709858
  • ISBN-13: 978-9027709851
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Reviews: "The Acting Person represents a major effort to rethink the human reality in the face of the many frozen assumptions which dominate contemporary thought."
(Professor Benjamin Schwartz, Harvard University)
"This powerful phenomenological study will have lasting impact on those concerned with the contemporary conception of Man."
(Professor Joseph Kockelmans, Pennsylvania State University)
"A masterly critical edition ... its publication is an historical event"
(Professor Kamil Dziewanowski, Boson State University)

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Text: English, Polish (translation)

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I will add that I put my money, nay, my livelihood where my mouth is on this one.
StegRock
If you still concerned about the Anglo version because of its 900 or so changes than learn Polish and buy Osaba i czyn.
Juan Olvera
This book is perhaps the most significant philosophical work since Cajetan's commentary on the Summa.
David Rudmin

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Deena on December 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rodrigo Guerra on May 27, 2000
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"The Acting Person" is a modified version of Karol Wojtyla's "Osoba i Czyn" originally published in 1969. Ana-Teresa Tymieniecka, the editor, changed important philosophical terminology (suppositum, esse, etc.) in order to push Wojtyla's book towards her personal approach to phenomenology. Even more, Tymieniecka wrote "The Acting Person" is the "Definitive text of the work established in collaboration with the author"... From 1979 to 1999 the controversy on this "definitive text" was intense.Tyemeniecka argued she had the full authorization of doing what she did and criticized the complaints from the Commision named by John Paul II for analizing the english translation (The members of the Commision were: Marian Jaworski, Andrzej Poltawski and Tadeusz Styczen). Even the official translator who worked close to Tyemeniecka, Andrzej Potocki, accepted she made important changes far from the convictions and intentions of the author. The controversy should finished in 1994 with the publication of Karol Wojtyla's "Osoba i czyn oraz inne studia antropologiczne" by T. Styczen, A. Szostek and others in the publishing house of the Catholic University of Lublin (TKUL). However, many scholars did not know the new and fully authorized edition. In 1999 Giovanni Reale and Tadeusz Styczen, with the full agreement of John Paul II, published "Persona e Atto. Testo polacco a fronte" in Rusconi Libri (Santarcangelo di Romagna 1999) and latter they published it again in Bompiani (Milano 2001) and in Karol Wojtyla's "Metafisica della Persona. Tutte le opere filosofiche e saggi integrativi" (Bompiani, Milano 2003). [...].
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J DeWitt on January 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If anyone is interested in finding a copy of The Acting Person, log onto the website address: [...]
This book should be read by anyone in academic philosophy. It is a masterpiece yet to be discovered by mainstream american philosophers. It's just too bad that it is not more readily available.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Rudmin on November 28, 2003
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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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Juan Olvera on April 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 Amazon 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).
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