Nature and the Person. The Personalistic Approach to Human Nature According to Karol Wojtyla

  • Sławomir Kunka The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Faculty of Theology
Keywords: Creator and the creature; person; nature; human nature; natural law; integration of people and nature


The article, based on Karol Wojtyła’s texts from the years 1957-1978, discusses the context of the appearance of the terms “person” and “nature” and their significance. Next the article reflects on the morality of the human person and shows, in a very synthetic mode, the apparent conflict between the person and the natural law. This conflict is based on the foundation of the mistaken opposition of the person and nature. Finally, the article discusses the question of the integration of the person and nature. Text analysis of Wojtyla’s texts allows a  deeper understanding of how human nature and the law, which is depicted in the context of this nature, are means of the interpersonal dialogue of the Creator and the man.