Man as a Person in the Mystical Anthropology of Vladimir Lossky

  • Krzysztof Leśniewski The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Faculty of Theology
Keywords: person; man; theological anthropology; Vladimir Lossky


The notion “person” has been of great importance in European civilization for several centuries. The formation of its content range was conditioned by the philosophical, theological, and cultural influences of Europe’s two major civilization centres, namely the Byzantine Empire and the Roman Empire. The important question therefore becomes: What are the differences in the understanding of the concept of “person” between the world of the Christian East and the world of the Christian West. In search of an answer to this question, the article is a reflection on the views of an outstanding Orthodox theologian—Vladimir Lossky. For decades, his theological heritage has been inspiring both Orthodox and Catholic theologians, constituting an important point of reference in the interpretation of the Church Fathers.


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