The Struggle for the Person: The Teaching and Witness of Pope St. John Paul II and Dietrich von Hildebrand
5th Annual Summer Seminar
June 7 – June 11, 2015
The personalist norm says that the person is a good toward which the only proper and adequate attitude is love.
Karol Wojtyla (Pope St. John Paul II)
Love & Responsibility
The personalist norm in ethics was a substantial and important part of the philosophy of John Paul II. It colored not only his pre-papal philosophical work but also animated the entirety of his papal ministry. Dietrich von Hildebrand’s steadfast fight against the Nazism and John Paul II’s crucial witness against Communism exemplify that the greatest of global struggles are always a struggle for the human person against totalizing and depersonalizing forces.
The fifth Annual Hildebrand Project Summer Seminar gives particular attention to their personalist understanding of persons, community, and society. We examine their teaching on the human person in the world and allow ourselves to be challenged and guided by their witness.
The Struggle for the Person – Videos
Rocco Buttiglione: John Paul II and Religious Liberty
John F. Crosby: The Personalism of John Paul II
Faculty Discussion: Monday Sessions
Michael Novak: The Embodiment of the Human Person
John F. Crosby: The Personalism of Dietrich von Hildebrand
Faculty Discussion: Tuesday Sessions
2015 Seminar Faculty
John F. Crosby
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Personalism, John Henry Newman, John Paul II, Dietrich von Hildebrand
Prof. Crosby was himself a student of Dietrich Hildebrand. Besides writing major studies on the thought of John Henry Newman, Max Scheler, and Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, and making his own contributions to personalist philosophy, Prof. Crosby has devoted his long and distinguished academic career—first at the University of Dallas, then at the International Academy of Philosophy, and currently at Franciscan University of Steubenville—to introducing his students to the intellectual legacy of Hildebrand, and also to making Hildebrand better known in scholarly circles. Prof. Crosby was the translator of the English edition of Hildebrand’s philosophical masterpiece, The Nature of Love, and he also serves as the General Editor of all our present and future translations of Hildebrand’s works.
A trusted collaborator of Pope St. John Paul II, and is an authority on his philosophical anthropology. His book Karol Wojtyla: The Thought of the Man who became Pope John Paul II is a fundamental work on the pope’s early philosophy. A member of the Italian Parliament for over two decades, he serves on the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and holds the John Paul II Chair for Philosophy and History of European Institutions at the Lateran University in Rome. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Hildebrand Project.
Michael Novak is the author of more than 45 books on human rights, political economy, and interfaith conversation. He was Ronald Reagan’s Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission and for many years a regular guest of Pope St. John Paul II. The Hildebrand Project granted the Honorary Degree Doctor Amoris—Doctor of Love—to Mr. Novak in 2015.
Mr. Novak passed away in 2017.