Volume 9, Issue 4, Winter 2009
Karol Wojtyla on Sex Reassignment Surgery
An Application of His Philosophical Anthropology
Sex reassignment surgery raises a number of ethical questions. This article examines a few of these questions through the lens of Karol Wojtyla’s philosophical anthropology. The author maintains that the operation is based on a dualistic view of the person and a distorted understanding of the human capacity for self-determination. In his work, Wojtyla emphasizes the inseparable connection between freedom and truth, and he argues that the person is a unity of body and spirit, so that the body cannot be reduced to mere matter. Therefore, the author concludes that sex reassignment surgery must be seen as morally illicit
in light of Wojtyla’s anthropology. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 9.4 (Winter 2009): 711–723.