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Svoboda plane v každém z nás : Hejdánek a palachovská symbolika

Title in English Freedom flames in each of us : Hejdánek and symbolism of Jan Palach


Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source ERGOT - Revue pro filosofii a společenské vědy
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Faculty of Arts

Keywords Hejdánek; Palach; Freedom; Symbol; Society
Description There are many possible interpretations of Jan Palach and his self-incineration. The wide range of these is based on differences between contexts, in which it can be seen as an answer to societal and/or to political circumstances. Even contradictory approaches are included. One of possible interpretations can be found in work of Ladislav Hejdánek. In analyzing his perspective, the specificity of his thinking must be considered - grounding in the so called „non-objectivizing“ approach. This is important, because thanks to it, Palachs self-incineration is seen as symbol, that has deep social impact. Although it is not thought through at first, later it becomes one of reasons, why the social manipulation by leading persons becomes unbearable. Aim of this paper is to present main aspects of Hejdáneks non-objectivizing political-philosophical interpretation.
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