Jan Patocka


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Jan Patočka (1 June 1907 – 13 March 1977) is considered one of the most important contributors to Czech philosophical phenomenology, as well as one of the most influential central European philosophers of the 20th century. Having studied in Prague, Paris, Berlin and Freiburg, he was one of the last pupils of Edmund Husserl, who is considered the founder of phenomenology, and Martin Heidegger. ... more »

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  • ''The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him.''
    Jan Patocka (1907-1977), Czech philosopher, activist. quoted in Havel, Disturbing the Peace, ch. 2 (1986, repr. 1990). Advice given to playwright ...
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