The Philosophy and Politics of Czech Dissidence from Patočka to Havel

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The Philosophy and Politics of Czech Dissidence from Patocka to Havel by Aviezer Tucker

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Verified email at fas. Articles Cited by Co-authors. He shows how a powerful alliance of the old communist elite with new, post-communist elites has marginalized visionaries such as President Havel and bred a corrupt polity, stagnant economy, and culture of cynicism "He who does not steal from the state," goes a popular Czech aphorism, "steals from his family".

During a journey that will challenge readers but also reward them, Tucker not only explains what has gone wrong in the former Czechoslovakia but also offers valuable insights into philosophy, politics, and modern life.


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By journey's end, he even offers a glimmer of hope for the Czech people. The introduction asserts that "Czechoslovakia's Charter 77 dissident movement was a rare historical moment when philosophy and politics united" 1 , and that "Charter 77 is the fulcrum of this book" 3.

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This purposely "apolitical" movement of a few thousand Czechs for human rights originated in the mids in response to the growing repressiveness of the post Czech regime and to the Helsinki Covenant on Human Rights, signed by the Czech government. The book's organization gives equal attention to a the historical-philosophical roots of Charter 77, especially the phenomenology of the martyred Czech philosopher Jan Patocka and the tragedies of recent Czech history, and b Charter 77's legacy and impact on post-communist Czechoslovakia.

The toughest going for readers untrained in philosophy will be the early chapters on the philosophical roots--from Plato through Kant and Dostoyevsky to Husserl and Heidegger--of Patocka's and Havel's versions of phenomenology. Because this philosophy stresses subjective individual experience over objective reality or metaphysical Aviezer Tucker. Author: Michael S.

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