Józef Tischner

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Józef Tischner is one of the most important intellectual figures of the last decades of the twentieth century in Poland. He was a Catholic priest and an excellent philosopher who united two dimensions of spirituality: a deep religiosity and an exceptional skill in perceptive reasoning. His intellectual work and pastoral duties often intertwined with each other, and they were his main areas of activity. He used to say half-jokingly, “I am first and foremost a human being, secondly a philosopher, and only thirdly a priest” (Tischner, Ksiądz 6). In reality, even as a philosopher, he never ceased to be a pastor of lost souls and never underestimated the fact that philosophical reflection that …

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Stawrowski, Zbigniew. "Józef Tischner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 January 2010
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