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23-mrt.-2017 19:30

Launch of the book of essays to the legacy of Jan Patočka

The Czech Centre Brussels and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Brussels invites you to an introduction of the book Thinking after Europe: Jan Patocka and Politics. The event will be attended by editor of the book Franceso Tava, lawyer and sociologist Jiří Přibáň and associate professor of philosophy Darian Meacham, contributors to the book. The event will take place on 23rd March 2017 in Pilsen House in Brussels, and is organized under the auspices of Mr. Jaroslav Kurfürst, Czech Ambassador in Brussels.

The debate will be based on the ideas of one of the most important Czech philosopher, Jan Patocka, who as a spokesman for Charta 77 has influenced many Czech intellectuals and dissent 60th to 80th years. Among the main topics of his research were phenomenology, philosophy of history, Czech literature, but also art and culture in general. In his philosophy he builds on ideas, for example of T. G. Masaryk and Edmund Husserl.

Thinking after Europe makes important contributions to both phenomenology and political philosophy. Exploring the neglected political dimensions of Patočka’s a-subjective phenomenology, these essays show how its grounding in a provocative rethinking of human historicity affords productive new philosophical resources for engaging critically with vital issues of global significance.


Francesco Tava is a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Milan. His areas of specialisation are phenomenology, and moral and political philosophy. He has a particular interest in the political development of post-Husserlian phenomenology and has recently published a monograph, Il rischio della libertà (Milano: Mimesis, 2014), on the thought of Czech philosopher Jan Patočka. Since the completion of his doctorate in 2012, he has held several research fellowships at the Jan Patočka Archive and the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences. In 2014 he worked as a visiting fellow at the University of the West of England.


Jiří Přibáň graduated from Charles University in Prague (1989) where he was appointed professor of legal theory, philosophy and sociology in 2002. He was also visiting professor and scholar at the European University Institute in Florence, New York University (Prague Office), University of California in Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Pretoria, The Flemish Academy in Brussels and University of New South Wales, Sydney. Jiří Přibáň has published extensively in the areas of social theory and sociology of law, legal philosophy, constitutional and European comparative law, and theory of human rights.


Darian Meacham is a senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and a member of the Bristol Synthetic Biology Centre (University of Bristol). His areas of teaching and research interest include political philosophy, philosophy of nature, philosophy of biology and phenomenology.



When: 23rd March 2017

Where: Pilsen House in Brussels, Place de Jamblinne de Meux 31, Brussels

The debate is intended for professional public and it will be held in English. Registration is required until 20th March 2017 at frybova@czech.cz



Place de Jamblinne de Meux 31, Brussels


23-mrt.-2017 19:30

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