Caring for the Soul in a Postmodern Age
Politics and Phenomenology in the Thought of Jan Patocka
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: State University of New York Press
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This book would have been impossible without the help of a number of individuals and organizations, and I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to them all. I am grateful, first of all, to Professors G. Ellis Sandoz and Cecil Eubanks of the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University for their invaluable support and assistance. Intellectual encouragement ...
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The Czech philosopher Jan PatoÄka died in a Prague hospital on March 13, 1977, at age sixty-nine. The cause of death was a brain hemorrhage, brought on by a series of exhausting interrogations at the hands of the StB, the Czechoslovak secret police. PatoÄka had been under interrogation for his involvement in a protest, in the name of human rights, against the ...
2. âConcrete Humans in Their Corporeal Worldâ: An Interpretation of Husserl and Heidegger
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For those familiar with the philosophical traditions associated with Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, the first inclination on encountering Jan PatoÄka is to view his work as a modification of their, more original, theses. To some extent this is justifiable, for the Czech philosopher is most definitely a student of Husserl and Heidegger, and his ...
3. Philosophy After the Death of Metaphysics PatoÄka and Greek Thought
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As an interpreter of Husserl and Heidegger, Jan PatoÄka takes up the Husserlian goal of a renewal of rationality in the West and considers it alongside his commitment to Heideggerâs critique of metaphysical philosophy. He wants to recover the insight of the classical conception of reason, in other words, but without becoming entangled in traditionally metaphysical ...
4. A Philosophy of History and aTheory of Politics
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Despite international renown for his work in phenomenology, PatoÄkaâs most influential text is his 1975 collection of Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History. Distinguished by what the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur has called a âsense of grandeurâ and a âdense beauty,â1 the Heretical Essays represent the culmination of PatoÄkaâs ...
5. Politics and Ethics in the Twentieth Century
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In the last two Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History, PatoÄka turns from developing a philosophy of history to applying its principles in the contemporary world. Here we have a clear expression of the political side of his philosophy. Although Jan PatoÄka became known as a dissident in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s, his political philosophy cannot accurately ...
6. Conclusion: Foundations and Philosophy, Politics and Postmodernism
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Postmodernism, taking its lead from Nietzsche and Heidegger, presents a challenge to political theory with the contention that metaphysical foundationalism is a facile and impermissible ground for understanding. The effect of this critique on politics is particularly acute, for it implies that no consistent ground for ethics or political responsibility can be said to ...
Appendix: PatoÄkaâs Reception in the English-Language Literature
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Page Count: 267
Publication Year: 2002