Józef Tischner

Zbigniew Stawrowski (Uniwersytet Warszawski/ University of Warsaw)
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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,


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 unveiled the truth about the human condition was not only theory, but also a way of saving…

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Citation: Stawrowski, Zbigniew. "Józef Tischner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 January 2010 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12637, accessed 16 July 2024.]

12637 Józef Tischner 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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