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Patočka o Dialektice konkrétního Karla Kosíka

Title in English Patočka on Karel Kosík's Dialectics of the Concrete


Year of publication 2015
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Kosík's book Dialectics of the Concrete (1963) was the most translated Czech philosophical work in 20th century. The book concerned with the problems of man's authenticity, reality and practice which become an object of Patočka's interest and his critical view. One of the reasons for his interest was the fact that Kosík used elements of Heidegger’s philosophy to overcome dogmatic Marxism. Patočka pointed out that Kosík had not adopted the ontological intention of Heidegger’s analyses of everydayness, which creates a certain tension in his work. Kosík’s dialectics of the concrete, which stems from an analysis of everyday practice, never became, in Patočka’s opinion, a dialectic of real life.
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