Freedom and Persons (2012)

A Philosophical Inquiry into the Meaning of Human Agency in the Thought of Max Scheler and Karol Wojtyla

For my Ph.D I did several years of research on the writings of two thinkers whose work, I believe, should receive greater recognition. Max Scheler was possible the brightest star at the sky of early 20th century philosophy. However nowadays only a small group of scholars is familiar with his writings. And while Karol Wojtyla is known all over the world as pope John Paul II, the fact that prior to the papacy he wrote numerous works of philosophy and essays, and taught courses in philosophy has generated relatively little interest. In my Ph.D dissertation I explore the meaning of two concepts central to the thought of Scheler and Wojtyla (who wrote a dissertation on Scheler): freedom and personhood.