The Lublin School of Philosophy

last updated June 7, 2000.
My sketch of the Old City of Lublin (Stare Miasto) seen from behind, showing the Holy Cross Church of the Dominicans beyond the trees, and the corner of the castle (Zamek Lubelski).

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Understanding Philosophy, by Fr. Prof. Mieczysław Albert Krąpiec, O.P. With the author’s permission, I have the copyright to this work and am placing it in the public domain with a Creative Commons License.
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ETHICS: The Drama of the Moral Life

by Piotr Jaroszynski and Mathew Anderson

Piotr Jaroszynski of the Catholic University of Lublin, and Matthew Anderson of Ave Maria College in Manuagua, have collaborated to produce “ETHICS: THE DRAMA OF THE MORAL LIFE”. It is published by ALBA HOUSE. The book carries recommendations from Cardinal Avery Dulles, Dr. Donald Demarco, and Dr. Vittorio Possenti, as well as a letter of acknowledgement from the Holy Father, John Paul II. It has been reprinted 6 times in its Polish version and is used in Polish schools. The book is about 140 pages. It presents in very readable form the essence of the classical ethics of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. I recommend this book for use in schools, home schools, and for anyone wanting to learn ethics.

Articles and other Links

The articles appearing on this page are the intellectual property of the authors. Please e-mail them for any permissions that involve copyright. In the case of the English translations of works here by Father Krapiec, I hold the copyright on the English translation by his permission.

Basic Information

Lublin Thomism by Professor Piotr Jaroszynski of the Catholic University of Lublin, describing in greater detail the methodology of Lublin Thomism.

Foundation for The Lublin School of Christian Philosophy

Introduction: A very brief introduction to what the Lublin School of Philosophy is, and the scope of this page. Written by Hugh McDonald.

Bibliography: a partial bibliography of books and articles from the Lublin School available in English.

The Catholic University of Lublin Home Page English Version.

Lublin Home Page - The City of Lublin, Poland

Articles by the Members of the Lublin School of Philosophy

Tolerance: an article by Prof. Piotr Jaroszynski concerning the ideology of tolerance, connected with the political correctness invented by the Frankfurt school. He read this articel at the 2003 Maritain Conference in Chicago.

Slavery: an article by Prof. Piotr Jaroszynski concerning the inner slavery that results from the destruction of truth and virtue. He read this article at the 2002 Maritain Conference at Princeton University.

Integral Humanism: an article by Fr. Mieczyslaw Albert Krapiec, 1999. This article discusses how theology supplements philosophical anthropology. The article draws conclusions from the structure of the Summa Theologica, and presents Thomas Aquinas as responding to the position of Martin Heidegger. Translated by Hugh McDonald.

Overcoming the Crisis in Theology: an article by Fr. Mieczyslaw Albert Krapiec, 1989. This was read when Fr. Krapiec accept a doctorate honoris causa from the University of the Louvaine, and again in Rome at a conference called by the Holy Father.

The Practical Consequences of Theoretical Nihilism, by Prof. Andrzej Maryniarczyk. Professor Maryniarczyk brings together the thought of Aristotle, Heidegger and Victor Possenti. The main idea is that the source of our ecological devastation is that science has lost sight of its original goal, which was to know reality as it is, and adopted a new goal: to serve unexamined technological ends.

Veritas Sequitur Esse: The truth as the consequence of the existence of things. Prof. Andrzej Maryniarczyk presents Thomas Aquinas' explanation of what truth is. Translated by Hugh McDonald.

Metaphysics and Art: selections from a work by Professor Piotr Jaroszynski, divided into three parts. Translated by Hugh McDonald. Old version placed here with permission of editors at Peter Lang Publishing. Now available in print (See the bottom of this page).

Dialogue in Latin Civilization: an article by Professor Piotr Jaroszynski, translated by Hugh McDonald. Some of the obstacles that hinder true dialogue.

Related Links

The Philosophy of the Person: Solidarity and Cultural Creativity: A collection of articles published by the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy. Among the writers from the Catholic University of Lublin who have written here: Mieczyslaw Krapiec, Zofia Zdybicka, Andrzej Szostek, Tadeusz Styczen. Other writers of note from Poland and elsewhere. At first glance, these articles appear to be well translated, and give a very good survey of the philosophical issues that concern the Lublin Philosophers.

Polish Philosophy Homepage full of information on Polish Philosophy, many of the major schools of philosophy in Poland, biographies, articles.

Preface: This is an article about philosophy in Poland with some informative remarks. It is a preface to a larger work, and I am awaiting a reply from the authors in this regard.

Classic Philosophy and some Negative Characteristics of Contemporary Culture: by Pavel Mazanka & Edmund Morawiec, Academy of Catholic Theology. This article cites many of the philosophers associated with the Catholic University of Lublin.

Hugh McDonald's Home Page

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This page is for information on the Lublin School of Philosophy. To avoid any misunderstandings, there are two universities in Lublin, along with many other colleges and educational institutions. I studied at the Catholic University of Lublin (KUL - Katolicka Uniwersytet Lubelski), where the professors have developed a more or less cohesive philosophy over the years since the Second World War. The other university is the University of Marie Curie Sklodowski, built since WW II and across the street from the Catholic University. Since the 1970's, the phrase "Lublin School of Philosophy" has been particularly associated with Professor Albert Mieczyslaw Krapiec, O.P. who has authored numerous books, several of which are translated into English. The thought of this school is presented in a series of books by Peter Lang Publishing called "Catholic Thought from Lublin". The title of the series is unfortunate, because these are philosophical works, and although "catholic" originally means universal, some readers tend to suspect that anything contained in these books will have a sectarian bias.

While Karol Wojtyla (presently Pope John Paul II) also taught for decades at Lublin, his philosophical career also saw him teaching in Krakow. Karol Wojtyla certainly respected classical philosophy, and he was fluent in the thought of Saint Thomas, but he also was at home in the phenomenology of Husserl. In many senses he is a school of philosophy unto himself, as he tried to create a language of philosophy that could unify classical and modern approaches, the philosophy of the subject (modern philosophy) and the philosophy of the object (classical metaphysics). For the moment, this page only indirectly concerns the writings of Wojtyla, but the background of the philosophy of the Catholic University of Lublin may prove helpful to those interested in his philosophy.

I have the permission of Father Krapiec to translate and publish anything that he has written (understood, of course, that this excludes the works already published in English), and I will attempt over the years to provide summaries and articles by other philosophers of Lublin on the Internet.


  • This is a textbook on philosophical anthropology, from the point of view of classical and Thomistic philosophy. It also deals with the history of philosophy, and questions from phenomenology.

  • This book, reprinted more times than I can count in Poland, is a modern presentation of classical and Thomistic metaphysics. The author presents perennial truths in a new light.

  • This is an extensive work on the history of the idea of natural law.

  • An amazing and readable book. The author is a respected scholar on medieval philosophy, and also as a layman played an important role in Vatican Council II.

  • A book of essays.

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