Heretical essays in the philosophy of history
Translated by Erazim Kohák
Heretical Essays is Patočka's final work, and one of his most exciting and iconoclastic. Patočka begins with prehistory, approached through the "natural world" as conceived by Husserl and Heidegger. According to Patočka, nature is as an alien construct, and history, which began as a quest for higher meaning, ends with life as self-sustaining consumption. Patočka explains how Europe declined from its Greek heritage to seek power rather than truth, splintering into ethnic subdivisions, and then how the Enlightenment moved Europe from an ethical to a material orientation.
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Publisher: Open Court
Place: LaSalle, Ill.
ISBN (hardback): 0812693361
ISBN (paperback): 081269337X
Patočka Jan (1996). Heretical essays in the philosophy of history, transl. E. Kohák, ed. Dodd James, Open Court, LaSalle, Ill.