Liberal Pedagogy. Jerzy Szacki on the Past and Modern Polish Liberalisms

Marta Bucholc


The paper relates the views of Jerzy Szacki on the development and perspectives of liberalism in Poland, presented in his book Liberalism after Communism (1994). The author of the paper sets Szacki’s considerations on liberalism in a broader context of how the work of Szacki might be assessed. Thus, three types of Polish capitalism are distinguished: proto-capitalism, economic capitalism and political (integral) capitalism. In the analysis of economic capitalism, the author places special emphasis on the programme created by its proponents (i.e. proponents of social change), as well as the role of the Weberian inspirations in the “the liberal pedagogy” they adopted.

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