Thinking After Europe : Jan Patocka and Politics, Paperback / softback Book

Thinking After Europe : Jan Patocka and Politics Paperback / softback

Edited by Francesco Tava, Darian Meacham

Paperback / softback

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Jan Patocka, perhaps more so than any other philosopher in the twentieth century, managed to combine intense philosophical insight with a farsighted analysis of the idea and challenges facing Europe as a historical, cultural and political signifier.

As a political dissident in communist Czechoslovakia he also became a moral and political inspiration to a generation of Czechs, including Vaclav Havel.

He accomplished this in a time of intense political repression when not even the hint of a unified Europe seemed visible by showing in exemplary fashion how concrete thought can be without renouncing in any way its depth. Europe as an idea and a political project is a central issue in contemporary political theory.

Patocka's political thought offers many original insights into questions surrounding the European project.

Here, for the first time, a group of leading scholars from different disciplines gathers together to discuss the specific political impact of Patocka's philosophy and its lasting significance.