The Sacrifice of Jan Patocka

Thursday, 25 July 2013, 4:30pm - 6:00pm, IWM library

Drawing on Heidegger’s diagnosis of our times as the “technological epoch”, the Czech philosopher and dissident Jan Patocka (1907–1977) explored the idea of sacrifice as a form of resistance to the all-encompassing character of modern life.  This discussion intends to give an account of this demythologized idea of sacrifice and how it operates in Patocka’s late writings.

Claire Perryman-Holt is PH.D. candidate in Philosophy at Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris, and IWM Junior Visiting Fellow.

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