Jan Patocka and Radical Democracy

Thursday, 14 February 2013, 4:30pm - 6:00pm, IWM library
The (political) thoughts of Czech philosopher Jan Patocka (1907–1977) on disagreement, dissent and contestability are still relevant today – especially when it comes to contemporary theories of radical democracy. In her talk Tamara Caraus, EURIAS Visiting Fellow at the IWM, will focus on three aspects of his work: Firstly, the use of ‘the political’ instead of “politics” pointing to post-foundational political thought. Secondly, the democratic potential of concepts such as “breaking-through”, “permanent questioning” and “shaken solidarities” which are similar to concepts of radical democracy that re-think politics from the irreducibility of conflict and disagreement. And finally, the question if Patocka’s imperatives of questioning given meanings could be instances of perfectionism compatible with the demands of democracy.

Tamara Caraus is Researcher at the New Europe College, Bucharest (Romania); currently she is EURIAS Visiting Fellow (September 2012 – June 2013) at the IWM.