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The Elder Zosima’s Secret: Patocka and Monotheism

In one of Jan Patocka’s last writings (1976), an essay on the philosophy of religion in Masaryk, Patocka remarks that the lessons from the life of the Elder Zosima in Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov may provide essential clues for responding to the contemporary crisis of Christianity. What is striking about Patocka’s pronouncement is his consideration that this central episode in Dostoyevsky’s novel promises a renewed consideration of religion (Christianity) and our relation to “being” more radical than Heidegger’s quest for the meaning of “being” and his critique of its metaphysical tradition.
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