Poles gave up their earlier practice of "measuring their goals by their aspirations" (Adam Mickiewicz) and buckled down to hard work and study."[A] Positivist," wrote the novelist Bolesław Prus's friend, Julian Ochorowicz, was "anyone who bases assertions on verifiable evidence; who does not express himself categorically about doubtful things, and does not speak at all about those that are inaccessible." The twentieth century brought a new quickening to Polish philosophy.
It is the second most widely spoken Slavic language, after Russian and ahead of Ukrainian. Poland is one of the most linguistically homogeneous European countries; nearly 97% of Poland's citizens declare Polish as their mother tongue.
The history of philosophy in Poland parallels the evolution of philosophy in Europe in general.
In these terms, Poles are quite old-school, and it's not a stereotype.
People in Poland have strong opinions on politics, and although they may not voice them at first, there may come a time when they will want to confront their views.
For the sake of a good discussion loved by Polish men, instead of taking sides, ask interesting questions – they will gladly explain Polish politics to a complete rookie.