Political Ethics

Edited by Piotr Świercz

In 2019, the team members of the Ignatian Social Forum decided to continue the work that was initiated by the publication of the Social Dictionary in 2004. Scientists from both Polish and foreign academic centres contributed to this publication, which contained over one hundred extended essays that discussed the findings of recent humanities and social science research. This new project is more extensive than the original Social Dictionary. The aim of the project is to present the state of knowledge from within various fields of humanities and social sciences as they are at the beginning the third decade of the 21st century. They plan to show man, who is developing within diverse civilizations, cultures and societies, who adheres to many religions, and who honours diverse patterns of behaviour and products that condition his behaviour. However, rather than divide the humanities and social sciences according to the fields and disciplines listed by various international or national (departmental) institutions, we will di vide them according to research areas that have been investigated by “officially acknowledged” scientific disciplines, with the use of a range of methods that yield a more comprehensive, interdisciplinary view.

(Foreword: Wit Pasierbek and Bogdan Szlachta, series editors)


Since the authors […] are not proposing that we simply copy historical ideas or that we should construct a new system, what is the essence of their considerations? Firstly, we are guided not by minimalism but by an intentional restriction of the way in which we address the analysed concepts. Per analogiam to the distinction between systematic and systemic philosophy, it can be said that we have adopted a systematic perspective that leaves building a system aside. […] Secondly, although we are oriented towards contemporary problems, we are aware that the ethical-political discourse and its fundamental notions and values are very deeply rooted in history and the intellectual tradition. That is why we do not forgo historical analysis. […] Thirdly, we do not limit ourselves to the traditional cognitive instruments of ethics and philosophy. The Dictionary […] is the fruit of interdisciplinary studies. First, we take advantage of the achievements of the humanities and social sciences, including […] history, theology, political science, and sociology. We also reach for theories and data from the natural sciences. […] Our intention is that the Readers […] will find it a source of inspiration and an aid to their reflection on political ethics and will appreciate the importance of political ethics, both in cognitive and practical terms.

(Introduction: Piotr Świercz, volume editor)

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