Heretical essays in the philosophy of history
Heretical Essays is Patocka's final work, and one of his most exciting and iconoclastic. Patocka begins with prehistory, approached through the "natural world" as conceived by Husserl and Heidegger. According to Patocka, nature is as an alien construct, and history, which began as a quest for higher meaning, ends with life as self-sustaining consumption. Patocka 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. This book includes a translation of the Preface to the French Edition by Paul Ricoeur.
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Authors Glosses to the Heretical Essays
Translators Postscript to the English Edition
accepted achievement appears Arendt Aristotle basic become century Christian comportment concealment conception conflict consciousness death Democritus demonic dialectics divine Edmund Husserl epoch Erazim Kohak eternal Europe European everyday existence experience force freedom front line fundamental G. W. F. Hegel German Gilgamesh global gods grasp Greek Hannah Arendt Heidegger Heraclitus Heraclitus DK 22 Heretical Essays Holy Roman Empire humankind humans Humbaba Husserl idea individual James Dodd Jan Patocka Jiinger life's live manifests meaningfulness meaninglessness metaphysical mode modern movement mystery natural science natural world neutral monism nihilism noema object openness orgiastic original peace perspective phenomena phenomenology phenomenon philosophy Plato's polemos polis political possible precisely prehistoric present primordial problem problematic question reality realm reflection relation responsibility role Roman Empire Russia seek sense shaking significance simply social soul speak spirit theme things tion tradition trans transcendence transformation translation truth uncovering understanding Walter Kaufmann what-is whole