Focus: Patocka

Nicolas de Warren

Professor, Center for Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy, Husserl Archives at the Catholic University Leuven
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Martin Cajthaml

Lecturer in Philosophy and Patrology, Theologic Faculty, Palacký University Olomouc
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Jakub Homolka

Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, Charles University, Prague
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Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback

Full Professor of Philosophy at Södertörn University, Sweden
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Polemical Christianity: Jan Patočka’s Concept of Religion and the Crisis of Modernity

The project dealt with the question of religion in the philosophical work of Jan Patočka and its importance for what is often referred to as the „crisis of modernity“.
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Ilja Srubar

Em. Professor für Soziologie, Universität Erlangen
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Ideology and the Politics of the “chorismos”: Patocka’s Critique of Ideology

Since the Fall of the Wall in 1989, there has been a desperate search for some new dogma to fill the vacuum left by the collapse of Communism. While this search has been manifested as the reemergence of traditional religions and the adoption of new-age cults, it has also included questions concerning the structure and nature of future political systems. Much debate has been devoted to whether and how these political systems should be used, whether by importation of Western models or renewal of older traditions, and there is also still discussion about the possibility of a “third way….
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Geschichte Europas als Problem. Jan Patockas doppeldeutiges Verhältnis zum Geist Europas.

Als Patocka am Anfang der 70er Jahre über die aktuelle Situation seiner Gegenwart reflektierte, kritisierte er einerseits einen Europozentrismus der Philosophie, den er sowohl in der Phänomenologie Edmund Husserls als auch im Marxismus fand, andererseits versuchte er eine Philosophie der Geschichte zu entwerfen, die jedoch durch ihren latenten Hegelianismus einen sogar expliziten Europozentrismus hervorbringt…
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Jan Patocka: On Art and Philosophy

The editor who attempts to select a group of texts that should create a meaningful whole, is confronted with the situation determined by the integral character of the work. Here, one cannot speak of a philosophy of art independent of the rest of Patocka’s work (not to mention the many fragments of manuscripts or unpublished essays). If one were to remove from their context those studies which treat the subject of art or particular art works in one way or another, the final selection would be so reductive as to raise the question of why Patocka placed so much emphasis in these essays on the position and character of art. The collection would have at best an incidental value. It is therefore obvious that should the editor want to fulfil his task at least in part, he must justify his standpoint and clarify the criteria according to which he has assembled the volume with respect to Patocka’s work as a whole…
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Ovidiu Stanciu

Teaching assistant in Political Theory, Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris

Paul Celan Visiting Fellow
(July – September 2016)
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