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JP2 Lectures // Vittori Possenti: The truth we owe to man is, indeed, a truth about himself
November 16 @ 4:30 am - 5:30 pm
On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, we invite you to the JP2 Lecture organized by the Angelicum’s St. John Paul II Institute of Culture, which will be given by Professor Vittorio Possenti, President of Persona al Centro – Associazione per la Filosofia della Persona. The lecture entitled “The truth we owe to man is, indeed, a truth about man himself” will begin at 4:30 p.m. (CET) in Aula11 at the Angelicum (Largo Angelicum, 1, 00184 Rome).
The research on man and the person gives unity to the work of K. Wojtyła / Saint John Paul II. The concept of person is thus confronted with new problems: human rights, bioethical and genetic issues, the meaning of work, marriage and family.
The task that Wojtyła took on as a philosopher and pontiff was to carry out the Christian sense of the humanum, so that it is not possible to deny the divinum in the name of the humanum. Man, who discovers so many mysteries of nature, must in turn be always rediscovered in the light of a fundamental passage of Gaudium et spes: “In reality, only in the mystery of the Incarnate Word does the mystery of man find true light” (n . 22). The truth about man that the Church is called to proclaim finds its source here.
Wojtyła was part of the personalism of the twentieth century, exploring the communio personarum, the person as man and woman, marriage. Meditations that must be resumed in the face of the explosion of the self-centered individual and the slogan of ‘marriage for all’.
Vittorio Possenti – former full professor of Political Philosophy at the Cà Foscari University in Venice, was a member of the National Bioethics Committee, of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and of the Pontifical Acady of Saint Thomas Aquinas. In 1974 he was one of the founders of the Jacques Maritain International Institute. In 1996 he founded the Yearbook of Philosophy. Second Navigation, which he directed until 2011. He is President of Persona al Centro – Association for the Philosophy of the Person, and author of 35 books in the fields of ontology, political philosophy, ethics. A New Departure. Political Theology and Philosophy of History (Armando, Rome 2022) is his latest book.
The lecture will be delivered in Italian. English translation will be provided.