We hereby hand to the reader a volume devoted to the person and work of Barbara Skarga (1919-2009). She is a unique character in the Polish intellectual and cultural life, but also one virtually unknown abroad, except the meager milieu of her readership in France. Dubbed “the first lady of Polish philosophy” for a good reason, she has con- tributed to shape not only the Polish philosophy but—since the 1989 transformation, through her teaching—to the style of public debate, too. Her works, in setting the highest standards of philosophical writing, contribute to the achievements of the Polish philosophy not only in the field of history of philosophy and metaphilosophy but also metaphysics. Her disciples and successors, representing different generations of active Polish philosophers, occupy major positions in the current spectrum of Polish philoso- phy. To understand the power of Barbara Skarga’s philosophical influence, one needs to understand the two aspects of her philosophical roots: theoretical and moral- existential. The problem areas initiating her philosophy stemmed from the ideas of a group of scholars called “the Warsaw school of historians of ideas” with its flagship names such as Leszek Koakowski, Bronisaw Baczko or Andrzej Walicki. Also the reflection on the philosophy of Aristotle, Husserl, Heidegger and Levinas as well as the history of ethical ideas mark the most important achievements of her work. On the other hand, her output originates from the extraordinary and extremely dramatic events of her life, which give a living testimony to the apparent clich...
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