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Dostoevsky: A Seismographer of Disintegration. Patočkian Reflections

Učník, L. (2015) Dostoevsky: A Seismographer of Disintegration. Patočkian Reflections. In: Wiercinski, A., (ed.) Hermeneutics - Ethics - Education. LIT Verlag, pp. 247-263.


In this paper, I will very schematically claim that Jan Patocka's questioning of our Western philosophical tradition can be understood as a venture to rethink the notion of 'subjectivity' by taking subjectivity seriously. 1 In our modem age, to rethink subjectivity is imperative if, indeed, we want to genuinely address the finite nature of our human existence. Our subjectivity is the foundation for our acting in the world, which has moral and political implications. We are not pure thinking: the Kantian 'I' or the Husserlian 'transcendental ego.' We are the centre of our acting. We live in the world. Only in relation to our bodily presence do things reveal themselves as near and far, up and down.2

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: LIT Verlag
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Other Information: Series: International Studies in Hermeneutics and Phenomenology
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