Man and His Rights According to Mieczysław A. Krąpiec


The aim of this article is to present the philosophical conception of man formulated by M.A. Krąpiec, one of the foremost representatives of existential Thomism. This conception is shown within the context of the philosophical foundations of social and political life. It is justified by the fact that man is the real purpose and subject of political activity. However, the understanding of politics depends on the understanding of man; from this perspective man appears as a person — an independently existing subject, comprising a unity of body and soul and endowed with intellectual cognition and free will. Such a person expresses him-/herself most fully through acts of decision; in these acts, as well as in acts of cognition and love, the human person transcends nature and society. This attests to the particular dignity of the human person and points to the fact that every human person has inherent inalienable rights.


Mieczysław A. Krąpiec; man; person; body; soul; human rights

Published : 2018-12-24

Ćwiertniak, T. (2018). Man and His Rights According to Mieczysław A. Krąpiec. Folia Philosophica, 40. Retrieved from

Tomasz Władysław Ćwiertniak
Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow  Poland

Absolwent Uniwersytetu Śląskiego w Katowicach (politologia - magister, filozofia - licencjat). Doktorant w Akademii Ignatianum w Krakowie (filozofia).

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