Timeless and global nature of Józef Tischner’s solidarity concept – the philosophy of brotherhood for the stricken
Keywords:Józef Tischner, Tischner, solidarity, the philosophy of solidarity, the spirit of solidarity, the solidarity of consciences, the solidarity of hope, the brotherhood for the stricken
This article aims to validate the research thesis concerning the enduring nature, relevance, and universality of Józef Tischner's concept of solidarity. Tischner himself defined it as a form of “brotherhood for the stricken”, and this article aims to demonstrate its global significance, despite its origins in Poland during the specific socio-political circumstances of the real socialist era. The first research goal is to analyse the figure of Józef Tischner and his activities during the emergence of the unprecedented ISGTU “Solidarity” movement in Poland. Another goal is to show the most significant elements of the philosophy of solidarity he created, understood as the solidarity of consciences, the solidarity of hope and the brotherhood for the stricken. The last goal is to indicate the global context of Tischner’s philosophy of solidarity concerning challenges and threats such as: the refugee and migrant crisis, the vision of the European Union’s future as a community, the COVID-19 pandemic, and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The authors of this article employed various research methods and techniques, including historical analysis, source examination, content analysis, and secondary analysis of relevant literature, to attain their stated objectives.