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Barbara Skarga in Memoriam


Magdalena Sroda and Jacek Migasinski

This volume is dedicated to Barbara Skarga – her works, profile and biography. It is a unique character in the Polish intellectual life, but also virtually unknown abroad, except a meager milieu of her readership in France. Dubbed «the first Lady of Polish Philosophy» for a good reason, she contributed not only to shape of Polish Philosophy but to the style of public debate, too. The problem areas initiating her philosophy stemmed from the group of scholars called «the Warsaw school of history of Ideas» with its flagship names such as Leszek Kołakowski, Brinisław Baczko or Andrzej Walicki. On the other hand, her output originates from the extraordinary and dramatic events of her life. The philosophical output of Barbara Skarga is thus a proof of continuity and longevity of an important tradition of the 20 th century Polish Philosophy.


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, reviews, address by Barbara Skarga Laudatio Prof. dr. hab. Jacek Migasiski Dear Professor, Your Magnificence, Dear Dean, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great honor to pay homage to Professor Barbara Skarga and her work, on behalf of our Alma Mater academic community on this ceremonial renewal of the doctorate defended here at the University of Warsaw. It is the highest distinction a mother- university can confer on her doctor. The honor is the greater, and the joy the more so, as I can take the liberty to regard myself as the professor’s disciple, having for thirty years participated in the unofficial seminar she has conducted. What I will provide is not only a student’s praise of his master, but also an opinion shared by both academic and non-academic communities, which has been summarized in the review of Prof. Barbara Skarga’s works and life achievements, presented by unquestionable authorities such as the professors Andrzej Walicki, Wadysaw Stróewski and Jerzy Szacki. To- day’s ceremony is, thus, in some way the payment of a debt that our academic com- munity or—more broadly—all of the Professor’s readers and audiences have entered into over the last several decades. Our Honorable Doctor is, as we all know, one of the most enlightened figures of Polish, as well as non-Polish, humanities. And her work organically grows from the extraordinary experiences of her own life. Prof. Stróewski has emphasized this: “Barbara Skarga is not merely an ‘academic’ philosopher. She managed, despite the ghastly...

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