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JP8117/9117 Love, Freedom and Identity in the Thought of Karol Wojtyła

This subject focuses on three inter-related themes in the anthropological works of Karol Wojtyła. While these themes may also be found in the papal encyclicals of Wojtyła/John Paul II, the ground work for their amplification in the papal writings had been undertaken in the pre-pontifical period at a time when Wojtyła was a young pastor and university chaplain, surrounded by courting couples and young families. This subject therefore examines the treatment of love, freedom and identity in these early, largely philosophical and literary works, as well as in some of the more personal (non-magisterial) writings during the period of his pontificate. Wojtyła himself observed that it is appropriate to examine his philosophical work through the eyes of his poetry, for he began to write poetry first, and then moved on to philosophy.