John Crosby on the Personalism of St. John Paul II
John Crosby, The Personalism of John Paul II (Steubenville, OH: Hildebrand Press, 2019).
Dr. John Crosby discusses his recently republished short and eminently readable book on the personalism of Pope St. John Paul II. Although originally written over twenty years ago, Dr. Crosby had the book reissued in light of the pressing needs of the present day, since we continue to see what St. John Paul II called the ‘pulverization of the person’, while also noticing a growing sensitivity to the individuality and dignity of the human person. In a wide-ranging discussion, Dr. Crosby explains his own personal interests in philosophically exploring the reality of the human person, doing so from a predominantly phenomenological perspective in his magisterial work, The Selfhood of the Human Person (Washington, DC: CUA Press, 1996), and his many years thinking through and teaching about the mystery of the human person. Interweaving the philosophical insights and theological faith of St. John Paul, Dr. Crosby presents the person of St. John Paul as an authentic witness to the incommensurable value of each and every human individual, and focuses our attention on the personal subjectivity and interiority of the human individual in the thought of St. John Paul, the awe inspiring truth that the human individual stands in being as a unique and unrepeatable center of personal life and conscious experience.