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In the present article, the author attempts to solve the paradox hidden in the declaration pronounced by Bogusław Wolniewicz who referred to himself as a ‘Non-Confessional Roman Catholic.’ First, the author analyses (1) the way Wolniewicz understood the sources of religion, and then, (2) how he defined the minimum of Christianity. (3) The author investigates whether it is possible to reconcile his acceptance of euthanasia with the teaching of the Church, and finally, (4) the author focuses on his evangelical aesthetics. By way of conclusion the study traces on similarities between the tychistic rationalism and Christianity.
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Autorka zajmuje się trzema kwestiami: po pierwsze, tym, w jaki sposób Henryk Elzenberg rozumiał pracę filozofa interpretującego dzieła literackie; po drugie, jego interpretacją dramatu Williama Shakespeare’a Juliusz Cezar, zwłaszcza w kontekście oceny przyczyn klęski Marka Brutusa; po trzecie, pytaniem, czy interpretacja ta jest trafna (ujęcie Elzenberga zostaje porównane z innymi interpretacjami, m.in. Wystana H. Audena i Marthy Nussbaum).
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The author analyses problems of disease, dying, and death addressed in a play by Margaret Edson entitled Wit. Special attention is paid to the structure of meta-theatre and the function of wit in the play. The author investigates limitations of reason in the approach adopted by the doctors who take care of Vivian Bearing, and who subject her to an excruciating experiment in order to achieve a potential research success. She also discusses the protagonist’s attitude to literary works, dealing with her own disease, to other people and to God. This offers an opportunity to ruminate on the exact meaning of irretrievable loss involved in suffering. She also concentrates on the attitude of the nurse who – thanks to her emotional intelligence and empathy – accompanies Vivian on her way to death.
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