[FL 3403]  Anthropology and Law. Thinking with St. John Paul II.

To Be Determined

Course Information

Professor: LONGCHAMPS DE BéRIER, Franciszek
Email: [email protected]
Language: English

Cycle: II
Year: II
ECTS: 1.5
To Be Determined


Intensive Lecture

If every law has been created for the sake of men, then the essential question is: who are men. The answer a “human being” does not seem to be an adequate reply to the question concerning who is a carrier of rights. Persona is a very special concept which Roman law introduced not only to our legal tradition but to our entire culture. We see how individualistic it is when we compare it to the Greek notion of polis – an urban society to which individuals were definitely subordinated. Is there any correct anthropology, the only correct anthropology to be used as a basis for law? The experience of discussions with Marxists before 1991 could be instructive with regard to the challenges that any concept of persona and/or individual and/or carrier of rights has to confront in present times.

F. Longchamps de Bèrier


Bibliography:Freedom of Speech. A Comparative Law Perspective, ed. G. Blicharz, Wydawnictwo Instytutu Wymiaru Sprawiedliwości, Warszawa 2019, pp. 580 [I provide a pdf of the book]
H.L.A. Hart, American Jurisprudence through English Eyes: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream, w: H.L.A. Hart, Essays in Jurisprudence and Philosophy, Oxford 1983, s. 123–144 [I provide a pdf of the article]
F. Longchamps de Bérier, Abuse of Rights – the Historic Perspective: Reception of Law or Reasonableness and Natural Law, in: Constans et perpetua voluntas. Pocta Petrovi Blahovi k. 75 narodeninám, ed. P. Mach, M. Pekarik, V. Vladár, Trnava 2014, pp. 421–28 [I provide a pdf of the article]
F. Longchamps de Bérier, L’abuso del diritto nell’esperienza del diritto privato romano, G. Giappichelli Editore, Torino 2013, pp. 252
F. Longchamps de Bérier, Law and Collective Identity: Religious Freedom in the Public Sphere, „Krakowskie Studia z Historii Państwa i Prawa” (2017) nr 1, pp. 169–80 [I provide a pdf of the article]
F. Longchamps de Bérier, Persona. Carriers of Rights and Anthropology for Law [in writing]
A. Scalia, Mullahs of the West: Judges as Moral Arbiters – Mułłowie Zachodu: Sędziowie jako arbitrzy moralni, przeł. A. Legutko-Dybowska, Warszawa 2009 [https://www.rpo.gov.pl/pliki/12537879280.pdf]
Wobec filozofii marksistowskiej. Polskie doświadczenia, A. Stepień (ed.), Fundacja Jana Pawła II, Rzym 1987, pp. 240 [probably to be photocopied]