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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History begins inseparably with the birth of the polis and of philosophy. Both represent a unity in strife. History is life that no longer takes itself for granted. To speak, then, of the meaning of history is not to tell a story with a projected happy or unhappy ending, as Western civilization has hoped, at least since the French Revolution. History's meaning is the meaning of the struggle in which being both reveals and conceals itself. Technological society represents both the triumph of historicity and its implosion, since here humans turn from reaching for the sacrum imperium - life lived in the perspective of truth and justice - to the mundane satisfaction of mundane needs, to life lived for the sake of catering to life.Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Czech
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Descripción Open Court, La Salle, IL, 1996. Cloth. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. First Printing. Translated by Erazim Kohak. 8vo, xvi + 190pp. Hardcover, bound in original cloth with dustjacket. In excellent condition. Tight binding and crisp, spotless, interior. Like new. The dustjacket is now protected in a new clear Mylar wrapper. Book. Nº de ref. de la librería 008124
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