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The Acting Person: A Contribution to Phenomenological Anthropology (Analecta Husserliana) Hardcover – 28 Feb 1979
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From the Reviews: "The Acting Person represents a major effort to rethink the human reality in the face of the many frozen assumptions which dominate contemporary thought."
(Professor Benjamin Schwartz, Harvard University)
"This powerful phenomenological study will have lasting impact on those concerned with the contemporary conception of Man."
(Professor Joseph Kockelmans, Pennsylvania State University)
"A masterly critical edition ... its publication is an historical event"
(Professor Kamil Dziewanowski, Boson State University)
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I will add that I put my money, nay, my livelihood where my mouth is on this one. I am a doctoral candidate in Philosophy whose dissertation revolves largely around Wojtylan personalist philosophy and "Person and Act" (at least on the western side of the ball). Indeed, I am an older guy who (entered graduate school in 2004 at age 33 and) bounced around through four programs trying to find one that welcomed my thesis and project. It was not easy, indeed it was terribly difficult to find a Philosophy program that would, but I thankfully did.
Anyway, for some further thoughts I have on the book, I point you in the direction of my initial response to the critical review by A. Aversa:
Other than that, I welcome questions or comments. I could talk about this book all day and, though time constraints are great, would do my best to respond in as timely of a fashion as possible.
Furthermore, regarding the differences from the Anglo translation hitherto being reviewed, there is a preface from Wojtyla himself-which he felt in obligation to do- that mentions that the Anglo book is a bit different:
The Acting Person " in comparison with the first and only Polish edition...contains a certain number of changes however the basic conception has remained unaltered" ( Wojtyla's preface to the Anglo work).
The "certain number of changes" as Wojtyla describes are in around 900 places in the Anglo version as Kupczak once noted.
Since Wojtyla wrote the aforementioned preface there is now a more definitive Polish edition; the 1994 3rd Edition from the University of Lublin. You can obtain the latter from a Polish bookstore website which is how I got a copy however I noticed that Amazon might be able to get you a copy as well -use the search option.
Regarding the Spanish version as some reviewers mentioned below, it is not any different from the Anglo version- and hence not imperative unless you can't read English- because it is an exact translation from the latter. The title of the Spanish version is called Persona y Acción. You might still get a copy from the source - B.A.C ( Bliblioteca de Autores Cristianos). That's how I got mine and through their website I obtained a brand new-out-of print-hardcopy of Persona y Accion for $46 bucks including S&H.
Overall, the Anglo version is not a bad book to read and as Wojtyla himself wrote regarding it: the Anglo version " has given a definitive form from my text" ( Wojtyla/JPII). If you still concerned about the Anglo version because of its 900 or so changes than learn Polish and buy Osaba i czyn.