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Course Description

Pope John Paul II had a significant role in dismantling the Iron Curtain through non-military means in an active resistance that grew out of his Christian ethics. He became a major political player without ever being a politician and he challenged the claim that the state is the source of ethics. What can we learn from him about the relationship between the individual and the state? How else did John Paul II challenge contemporary ideas of social order?

Course Outline

  1. Introduction and overview of John Paul II's biography and historical context
  2. John Paul II's philosophical writings and ethical formation
  3. John Paul II's early encounters with the communist government
  4. John Paul II's official visits to Poland
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