Contributions To Phenomenology

Jan Patočka and the Heritage of Phenomenology

Centenary Papers

Editors: Abrams, Erika, Chvatík, Ivan (Eds.)

  • Collects papers by leading phenomenologists, introducing Jan Patocka to a broader worldwide audience
  • Confirms the high relevance of Patocka's life and work
  • Explains Patocka's constructive criticism of Husserl and Heidegger
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Whereas for the wider public Jan Patočka is known mainly through the circumstances of his death in Prague, on March 13, 1977, after long interrogations by the Communist secret police, as a defender of human and civic rights in Czechoslovakia and one of the first spokespersons of the Charter 77 movement, the international philosophical community sees in him an important and inspiring thinker, who elaborated in an original way the great wellsprings and impulses of European thought – mainly Husserl’s phenomenology and Heidegger’s philosophy of existence. Patočka also reflected on the future of humanity in a globalized world and laid the foundations of an original philosophy of history. His work is a subject of lively philosophical discussion especially in French and German-speaking countries, but also, more recently, in the Hispanic world, North America and the Far East.

In April 2007 scholars interested in Patočka’s philosophy gathered in Prague from around the world to commemorate his centenary and the thirtieth anniversary of his death. The conference explored the significance of his work and its growing influence on contemporary philosophy.

This volume presents in English language selected papers from the centenary conference

About the authors

Ivan Chvatík finished his graduate study under the supervision of leading Czech philosopher Jan Patocka. After Patocka’s death in 1977, he became head of the clandestine Jan Patocka Archive, which now has become part of the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic. In 1993, he became the co-director of the Center for Theoretical Study, an interdisciplinary institute for advanced study at Charles University and the Academy of Science. He became the editor of the first complete Czech translation of Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time (1996), and is currently in charge of editing Patocka’s Complete Works (twelve volumes published to date out of a planned twenty-five).

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book is a collection of twenty papers selected from the proceedings of an international conference held in Prague in April 2007 to commemorate the centenary of Jan Patočka’s birth. Its publication is particularly welcome. … this volume provides a very stimulating overview of Patočka’s work, and it will be of substantial value to anyone with a serious interest in phenomenology … . ” (Bryan Smyth, Philosophy in Review, Vol. XXXI (5), 2011)

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Jan Patočka: Phenomenological Philosophy Today

    Petříček, Miroslav

    Pages 3-6

  • “Idealities of Nature”: Jan Patočka on Reflection and the Three Movements of Human Life

    Crowell, Steven

    Pages 7-22

  • Sacrifice and Salvation: Jan Patočka’s Reading of Heidegger on the Question of Technology

    Schuback, Marcia Sá Cavalcante

    Pages 23-37

  • Patočka’s Phenomenological Appropriation of Plato

    Hopkins, Burt C.

    Pages 39-53

  • The Relevance of Patočka’s “Negative Platonism”

    Evink, Eddo

    Pages 57-70

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Jan Patočka and the Heritage of Phenomenology
Book Subtitle
Centenary Papers
Editors
  • Erika Abrams
  • Ivan Chvatík
Series Title
Contributions To Phenomenology
Series Volume
61
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9124-6
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9124-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9123-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3364-0
Series ISSN
0923-9545
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 300
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