A study conducted by the Dean of the College of Arts Sciences is among the papers to be presented in a joint research conference held July 26 to 27 at the Center for Ethics of Science and Technology in Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.


Dean Peter Macabinguil’s paper entitled On Love and Responsibility: Karol Wojtyla’s Critique of Utilitarianism is among the papers included for the 1st Joint Meeting of the Philosophy and Religion Society of Thailand and the Philosophical Association of the Philippines.


Karol Wojtyla, being referred to in the study is Pope John Paul II, who was recently proclaimed saint by the Roman Catholic Church.


Macabinguil’s paper is composed of three parts. The first part elaborates Wojtyla’s working definitions of key terms: “person,” “human action,” and the verbs “to use” and “to love.” Meanwhile, the second part examines the critique itself, pointing focus on the specifics and on how it is done; At the last, the shortest section delves into the theological reflection on the commandment to love as “a complement to his philosophical foundations.”


The paper pinpoints Wojtyla’s philosophy of interpersonal action in Love and Responsibility thus delving deeper into the important optimistic view on human sexuality along with a specific critique on utilitarian ethics.


Macabinguil clearly stated in his abstract about utilitarianism, “The crucial question is whether the utilitarian system of values provides a guide for human action worthy of the human person.”


Wojtyla, for Macabinguil, has constructed “a unique challenge to what he perceives as the prevailing moral attitude in the 21st century and offers a compelling and personalistic alternative” with the use of varied philosophical traditions such as: Aristotelianism, Thomism, German phenomenology, and Kantian idealism.


Furthermore, through the paper, Wojtyla’s sexual ethics has been exposed as a forerunner of his biblical reflections on Genesis which he wrote during his papacy.


Recently, the papers also won a distinction at the Recoletos Research Congress in Cebu last April as it bested all the other entries from the Philippines and abroad.


Macabinguil holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of San Carlos (Cebu) and currently a candidate for the masters program in Philosophy at Silliman University.


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