By Aviezer Tucker
A critical examine of the philosophy and political perform of the Czech dissident circulation constitution seventy seven. Aviezer Tucker examines how the political philosophy of Jan Patocka (1907–1977), founding father of constitution seventy seven, inspired the considering and political management of Vaclav Havel as dissident and president.
Presents the first critical remedy of Havel as thinker and Patocka as a political philosopher. throughout the constitution seventy seven dissident circulation in Czechoslovakia, rivals of communism dependent their civil fight for human rights on philosophic foundations, and individuals of the constitution seventy seven later led the Velvet Revolution. After Patocka’s self-sacrifice in 1977, Vaclav Havel emerged a powerful philosophical and political strength, and he persisted to use Patocka’s philosophy in an effort to comprehend the human situation below past due communism and the which means of dissidence. besides the fact that, the political/philosophical orientation of the constitution seventy seven flow didn't supply President Havel with an enough foundation for comprehending and responding to the extreme political and financial difficulties of the postcommunist period.
In his dialogue of Havel's presidency and the eventual corruption of the Velvet Revolution, Tucker demonstrates that the weaknesses in constitution seventy seven member's figuring out of modernity, which didn't topic whereas they have been dissidents, heavily harmed their skill to operate in a latest democratic approach. inside this context, Tucker additionally examines Havel’s contemporary try to topple the democratic yet corrupt govt in 1997–1998. The Philosophy and Politics of Czech Dissidence from Patocka to Havel could be of curiosity to scholars of philosophy and politics, students and scholars of Slavic stories, and historians, in addition to someone enthusiastic about the character of dissidence.
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The Philosophy and Politics of Czech Dissidence from Patocka to Havel (Pitt Russian East European) by Aviezer Tucker