Thinking in Values (Nr 2)
The Tischner Institute Journal of Philosophy (No. 2)
It's the great pleasure for us to inform You that the second annual issue of Thinking in Values, entitled “Agathology”, has been released. What is agathology? One might suppose – following the meaning of the Greek words agaton and logos – that agathology is an aspect of philosophy and its subject is the good, so that it is simply ontology, or the phenomenology of the good. However, reading Tischner’s texts, and especially The Philosophy of Drama and The Controversy Over the Existence of Man, leads us toward the conclusion that agathological thinking requires abandoning these fields of philosophy and entering an entirely new territory of thinking about man in the horizon of the good. The review of Tischner’s texts in the “Tischner on Agathology” section enables us to follow through the evolution that took place in his thinking, and which in short may be defined as: from thinking in values toward thinking in terms of good. The earliest texts from our selection come from the 70’s (The Axiological Impressions were published in 1970), the latest – an excerpt from The Controversy Over the Existence of Man – from the end of the 90’s.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. TISCHNER`S FOCUS
"What Is Thinking in Values?" by ADAM WĘGRZECKI
"Paths of Damnation, Paths of Salvation" by KAROL TARNOWSKI
II. TISCHNER ON AGATHOLOGY
"Thinking in Values"
"Wandering within the Heart of the Good"
"For the Existence of Man: An Ontological Argument"
"Freedom As a Manner of Existence of the Good"
III. ON AGATHOLOGY: ARTICLES, COMMENTARIES, POLEMICS
"Being and Good" by WŁADYSŁAW STRÓŻEWSKI
"The Agathological Man" by BARBARA SKARGA
"Man Facing Values or Man Facing Man?" by JACEK FILEK
"On the Uncanniness of Good" by CEZARY WODZIŃSKI
"The Subject Facing Goodness" by ALEKSANDER BOBKO
"The Religious Perspective in Tischner's Philosophy" by ALEKSANDER BOBKO
IV. TISCHNER INSTITUTE RECOMMENDS
"Hope" by ADAM HERNAS
In the section “On Agathology” you will find polemics against Tischner’s concept of thinking in terms of agathology. It is significant that some of them originated during discussions with Tischner, others are the fruit of heated debates during the Tischner Days which have taken place in Kraków for 8 years, on the initiative of academic centers with which Józef Tischner was connected: the Jagiellonian University, the Tischner Institute, the Pontifical Academy of Theology, the State Theatre Academy in Kraków and Znak Publishers, with which Tischner was associated from the very beginning of his work as a writer.
This year we recommend Adam Hernas’ book “Time and Presence.” The book deals with the philosophy of man, describing the most significant of man’s experiences: such as despair, death, love, birth of a child, or hope. We also encourage you to read the two articles in the section called “Tischner’s Focus.” This year we offer texts that will introduce you to Tischner’s philosophy.