Professor, Center for Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy, Husserl Archives at the Catholic University Leuven
Malraux’s Quest: Fraternity and the Death of Humanism in the First World War
Lecture on 19th February
Previous stays at the IWM:
September 2013, Guest
September 2012, Guest
Homecoming. Jan Patocka and the First World War
Jan Patocka’s Heretical Essays can be seen as one of the last attempts to divine metaphysical meaning from the war to end all wars. Based on this work, my research aims to develop a framework for a more comprehensive investigation of the impact of the First World War on 20th-century philosophy. I shall be particularly interested in understanding the Heretical Essays in a comparative context with Hannah Arendt’s Human Condition, the writings of Ernst Jünger, Teilhard de Chardin, Heidegger, and Carl Schmitt, as well as the literature of ‘Fronterlebnis’ during the 1920s and 1930s. I shall also look at the genealogy of the relationship between war and experience in 19th-century German thought as well as the relationship between Patocka’s philosophical vision of Europe and his implicit philosophy of religion.
Nicolas de Warren stayed at the IWM as part of the project „Polemical Christianity: Jan Patočka’s Concept of Religion and the Crisis of Modernity“ supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), grant no. P22828-G15.