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Jan Patočka: From the Concept of Evidence to the Natural World and Beyond

Učník, L. (2014) Jan Patočka: From the Concept of Evidence to the Natural World and Beyond. In: Učník, L., Williams, A. and Chvatík, I., (eds.) The Phenomenological Critique of Mathematisation and the Question of Responsibility. Springer International Publishing, pp. 31-42.

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In this paper, I call attention to certain themes that are present in Patočka ’s PhD dissertation of 1931, The Concept of Evidence and its Significance for Knowledge [Pojem Evidence a Jeho Význam pro Noetiku]; in which he outlines a historical account of the concept of evidence by considering the methodology of modern science based on modern epistemology as inaugurated by René Descartes . For Patočka , Husserl does not offer a finished philosophy but rather provides the best possible philosophical attempt so far at answering the question of evidence inherited from modern epistemology . I argue that certain concerns that are present in his PhD dissertation never leave Patočka ’s thinking. In Patočka ’s view, we need to rethink phenomenology, not abandon it.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Copyright: 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Other Information: Series Title: Contributions To Phenomenology. ISSN: 0923-9545; Vol. 76
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