Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, Charles University, Prague
Jan Patočka Junior Visiting Fellow
(November 2014 – April 2015)
Jan Patočka’s Concept of “Rational Civilization”
My project focuses on three main goals: (1.) to show that Patočka’s whole work includes a continuous attempt to understand modernity through the concept of “rational civilization”; (2.) to discuss the grounds of this concept, i.e., the notions of „rationalization“ and „secularization“; and (3.) to compare Patočka’s concept with the contemporary discussions of the civilizational dimension of modernity, pointing out the problems of secularization, resacralization, political religion etc.