Tadeusz Styczeñ, SDS

Tadeusz Styczeñ SDS (Societas Divini Salvatoris), was born December 21th, 1931 in Wolowice, near Cracow, Poland. He was ordained a priest in 1955. Before taking up the study of philosphy at the Catholic University of Lublin, he completed theological studies at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. He did his philosophical studies at the Catholic University of Lublin, where he specialized in moral philosophy in the philosophy department then being directed Fr. Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II). He received his M.A. in 1960, his doctorate in 1963, and his habilitation in 1971. Since 1963 Fr. Styczeñ has been a scholar in the Ethics Department at the Catholic University of Lublin. He became Assistant Professor in 1981 and Full Professor in 1992. Since 1978 he has held the Chair of Ethics, once held by Fr. Wojtyla, as well as the positions of Director of the Ethics Department, Director of the John Paul II Institute, and Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly, Ethos. Fr. Styczeñ has served as professor at the John Paul II Institute For Studies in Marriage and Family in Rome. He is a co-founder and member of the Senate of the International Academy of Philosophy (Liechtenstein/Chile), and a member of multiple learned societies in Poland and elsewhere. He is the author of more than four hundred research publications, sixteen books among them, and joint editor of numerous volumes of collected essays concerning primarily the thought of Pope John Paul II.

His general research interests include ethics and metaethics; the objective nature of ethical cognition based on analysis of the structure of the act (judgment) of conscience; ethics and philosophical and theological anthroplogy (the truth of moral judgment; and experience and Revelation); ethics and politics; the foundations of a law-abiding state; the principle of majority rule and the principle of respect for the human rights, especially in the context of the right to freedom and the right of the unborn to live; the thought of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II.