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Description - Confronting Totalitarian Minds: Jan Patocka on Politics and Dissidence by Aspen Brinton

Jan Pato??ka was a Czech philosopher who not only lived through the turbulent politics of twentieth-century Central Europe, but he shaped his intellectual contributions in response to that tumult. One of the last students of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, he was a philosophical inspiration to Vaclav Havel and other dissidents who confronted the Soviet regimes before 1989, as well as being actively involved in authoring and enacting Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia. He died in 1977 from medical complications resulting from interrogations of the secret police, his political involvement cut short by an untimely death.

Confronting Totalitarian Minds examines his legacy along with several contemporary applications of his ideas about dissidence, solidarity, and the human being's existential confrontation with unjust politics. Aspen Briton puts Pato??ka's ideas about dissidence, citizen mobilization, and civic responsibility in conversation with those of notable world historical figures like Mohandas Gandhi, expanding the current possibilities of comparative political theory. In adding a fresh voice to contemporary conversations on transcending injustice, Confronting Totalitarian Minds seeks to educate a wider audience about this philosopher's continued relevance to political dissidents across the world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9788024645377
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 146mm x 18mm)
Pages: 430
Imprint: Karolinum,Nakladatelstvi Univerzity Karlovy,Czech Republic
Publisher: Karolinum,Nakladatelstvi Univerzity Karlovy,Czech Republic
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2021
Country of Publication: Czechia

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