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The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 9, Issue 4, Winter 2009

Christopher Gross
Pages 711-723

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.

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