Jan Patocka, perhaps more so than any other philosopher in the twentieth century, managed to combine intense philosophical insight with a farsighted analysis of the idea and challenges facing Europe as a historical, cultural and political signifier. As a political dissident in communist Czechoslovakia he also became a moral and political inspiration to a generation of Czechs, including Vaclav Havel. He accomplished this in a time of intense political repression when t even the hint of a unified Europe seemed visible by showing in exemplary fashion how concrete thought can be without reuncing in any way its depth. Europe as an idea and a political project is a central issue in contemporary political theory. Patocka's political thought offers many original insights into questions surrounding the European project. Here, for the first time, a group of leading scholars from different disciplines gathers together to discuss the specific political impact of Patocka's philosophy and its lasting significance.
Francesco Tava is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Husserl-Archives: Centre for Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy at the KU Leuven, Belgium. He is the author of The Risk of Freedom (2015). Darian Meacham is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of the West of England. He is the editor of Medicine and Society: New Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (2015). Contributors: Suzi Adams, Senior Lecturer, Flinders University of South Australia; Marion Bernard, Postdoctoral Scholar, Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne; Tamara Caraus, Postdoctoral Scholar, New Europe College-Bucarest; Ivan Chvatik, Director of the Jan Patocka Archive, Prague; James Dodd, Associate Professor of Philosophy, New School of Social Research; Simona Forti, Professor of Political Philosophy, Universita del Piemonte Orientale; Ludger Hagedorn, Professor, IWM Vienna and New York University; Daniel Leufer, Graduate Student, University of Leuven; Giuseppe Menditto, Postdoctoral Scholar, Universita di Roma La Sapienza; James Mensch, Professor of Philosophy, Charles University, Prague; Riccardo Paparusso, Lecturer, Angelicum University, Rome; Jiri Priban, Professor, Cardiff University; Teresa Pullano, Postdoctoral Scholar, Universite Libre de Bruxelles; Ovidiu Stanciu, Graduate Student, Bergische Universitat Wuppertal; Michael Staudigl, Senior Lecturer, University of Vienna; Lubica Ucnik, Senior Lecturer, Murdoch University, Australia; Nicolas De Warren, Professor, University of Leuven