Heretical essays in the philosophy of history

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Open Court, 1996 - Philosophy - 189 pages
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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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Contents

Authors Glosses to the Heretical Essays
139
Translators Postscript to the English Edition
155
Index
183
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About the author (1996)

Other books by Jan Patocka published in English are" Body, Language, Community: Heretical Essays in the History of Philosophy, "and" An Introduction to Husserl's Phenomenology.

James L. Dodd, CPA, Associate Professor of Accounting, holds a B.S. in accounting from California State University-Fresno, M.B.A. from the University of South Alabama, and Ph.D. from The University of Georgia. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, participating in a Norway-USA cultural exchange 1999-2000. Dr. Dodd has experience in shipbuilding, aircraft engine, and engine filtration industries. He is a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Institute of
Management Accountants.

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