Thinking After Europe: Jan Patočka and Politics

Darian Meacham (Editor), Francesco Tava (Editor)

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Jan Patočka, 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 Václav 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. Patočka’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 Patočka’s philosophy and its lasting significance.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRowman & Littlefield
Number of pages410
ISBN (Electronic)9781783486861
ISBN (Print)9781783486854
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Political Philosophy
  • phenomenology
  • Jan Patočka
  • Europe

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