CFP: Heresy And Heritage: Jan Patočka on Philosophy, Politics, and the Arts

Submission deadline: January 1, 2017

Conference date(s):
May 3, 2017 - May 6, 2017

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Conference Venue:

KU Leuven & Université Libre de Bruxelles
Leuven & Brussels, Belgium


Heresy And Heritage: Jan Patočka on Philosophy, Politics, and the Arts

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of two key events in European intellectual history: the publication of Charter ‘77, the declaration of respect for human rights in Communist Czechoslovakia, and the death of the Czech philosopher Jan Patočka. At the time of his death, Jan Patocka was one of the rare thinkers who recognized the centrality of the philosophical question and destiny of Europe. 40 years later, in the aftermath of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the establishment of the European Union, and the political collapse of the divide between Eastern and Western Europe, the questions pursued by Patocka’s thinking and raised by the publication of Charter '77  still remain as pressing as ever.

In order to commerate these two events, the Husserl Archives at KU Leuven, the Centre d'Etudes Tchèques at ULB, and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Brussels are pleased to announce the organization of a four-day international conference to be held in Brussels and Leuven, May 3–6, 2017. The aim of this conference is to bring together intellectual historians, philosophers, writers, and political thinkers to debate and discuss the legacy of Charter ‘77 and the significance of Jan Patocka’s philosophy. 



Jan Patocka - Phenomenology and the European Heritage

As part of this four-day event to mark the 110th anniversary of Jan Patocka’s birth, the 40th anniversary of his death and the publication of the Charter 77 human rights declaration in Czechoslovakia, the Husserl-Archives: Centre for Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy at KU Leuven will host a philosophical conference to explore Jan Patočka’s phenomenological legacy, May 3–4, 2017.

We welcome contributions regarding the following possible topics or any other relevant theme:

● Patocka and the idea of Europe in the philosophy of history (Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger et al.)

● The Greek polis as the cradle of European politics (Arendt, Strauss, Foucault et al.)

● The care for the soul (and the care for death) and the Greek inheritance to Europe.

● Europe or Christianity? Patocka’s radicalization of the Christian heritage

● Europe from its center: the Czech perspective from Mitteleuropa

● Challenging the phenomenological heritage: Patocka’s asubjective phenomenology

Please submit full papers in English (max: 4,000 words) before January 1, 2017. Decisions of accepted papers will be communicated February 1, 2017. Papers as well as queries can be submitted to

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