The Question of History in Jan Patočka’s Heretical Essays

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The aim of this paper is to explore Jan Patocka's philosophy of history in his fnal work, Heretical Essays. These meditations on the fundamental question, "does history have a meaning?", occur in the aftermath of two world wars and its extension of violence, in suspended animation, during the Cold War. Written from behind the "Iron Curtain" in a condition of internal exile, Patocka's refections on the human condition, secularization and Christianity, war and power, the idea of Europe, care of the sould, and historical existence are here examined anew.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-180
Number of pages32
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023

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  • Philosophy

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