TADEUSZ SLIPKO'S POLEMICS WITH THE MATERIALIST IDEOLOGY (Polemika Tadeusza Slipki z ideologia materialistyczna)
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The following publication: Tadeusz Slipko's Polemics with the Materialist Ideology presents an outstanding Polish ethicist, the author of Zarys etyki ogolnej i szczegolowej (Eng. An Outline of General and Detailed Ethics). Presenting his own perspective on Christian ethics, he belongs to those who undertake polemics with the materialist ideology on the basis of philosophy. The author reveals here his critical references to the ideas of Hegel or Marx, probably made so as to express - through a kind of acceptance of the phenomena observed and analysed by Marxism - a critical stand both when it comes to the assumptions of materialism and atheism as well as the conclusions at which the thinkers of this orientation arrive. Professor Slipko is absolutely critical of the ideological basis of materialist philosophy, seeking in this reductionism attempts to bring the man-person to some dependent being, social being, strictly determined by the absolute bio-economic laws of nature. Slipko, in the name of Thomistic realism, perceives man as the basis of 'fundamental resolutions', and that is on the basis of ontology, anthropology as well as detailed personal ethics. Within social ethics, supported with Thomistic anthropology, he sums up his principal theses and assumptions with reference to the conception of man. It is not the unnecessary reminding of the facts already known, but rather realizing the close relationship between categories characterizing human being such as action, choice, purpose - which, in turn, determine the course of our personal life. And this, in turn, determines human being, nature and essence.
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