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Personalism of John Paul II
July 13, July 20, July 27, & Aug 3, 2022
A four week reading group through The Personalism of John Paul II with Catherine Yanko.
The group will meet over Zoom on Wednesday evenings (July 13, July 20, July 27, & Aug 3, 2022) from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT.
About the Text
I wrote this little book twenty years ago as an introduction to the main themes in St. John Paul II’s personalism. I reissue it today in the conviction that his personalism is needed now no less than it was then. Many are the depersonalizing forces that beset us today. We continue to see in our time what St. John Paul called the “pulverization of the person.” And yet, at the same time, we continue to see signs of a growing personalist sensibility. Deep down most of us know that persons merit respect and should not be manipulated and commodified and demonized. Even when we are complicit in some such abuse of persons, we know better. Our better self revives when we are rebuked. And so we need to fan the flames of a certain sense for the person that has not been extinguished in the men and women of our time. We need to hear a prophetic voice that calls us back to the “truth about man” that is still felt in our conscience. John Paul II is just the voice we need to hear.John F. Crosby
The meeting will be conducted live in Zoom. Links for the session will be sent out ahead of time.
To allow for rich discussion, the group is limited in size to a maximum of 20 participants. Once the group is full, additional registrations will be placed on a waitlist.
All participants are expected to have a copy of the text and to come prepared to each session having done the weekly reading (15-45 pages per week). The weekly reading schedule is available below.
Catherine Yanko is a Graduate Fellow of the Hildebrand Project. Currently she is PhD Student at the Catholic University of America where she studies Moral Theology/Ethics. Her main interests are in theological/philosophical anthropology, action and virtue theory, and meta-ethics. She was first introduced to Dietrich von Hildebrand as an undergraduate Student Fellow of the Hildebrand Project; she has continued to study his work, notably in the development of his concept of reverence in her recently presented paper: “Hildebrandian Reverence for the Defects of Christ: A Thomistic Inquiry of the Reception of Christ’s Salvific Act” at the Thomistic Institute’s conference, “Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology”.
Reading groups are free to attend.
If you are able, we invite you to make a donation to help defray the costs of organizing (reading groups cost the Hildebrand Project ~$900 for a four-week group). We are committed to making reading groups accessible to all; therefore, participation is not contingent on a donation.
Your gift support this reading group, our publications, web resources, and other events, all of which contribute to bringing the vital, life-giving witness of personalist philosophy into new and uncertain times.
Week 1: Chap. 1 & “What is Personalism?”
Week 2: Chap. 2 – 4
Week 3: Chap. 5 – 7
Week 4: Chap. 8 – 10
*All from The Personalism of John Paul II
Suitable for beginner to intermediate: primarily discussion.
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET