The Natural World as a Philosophical Problem

2017.01.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jan Patočka, The Natural World as a Philosophical Problem, Ivan Chvatík and Ľubica Učnik (eds.), Erika Abrams (tr.), Northwestern
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2017.01.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jan Patočka, The Natural World as a Philosophical Problem, Ivan Chvatík and Ľubica Učnik (eds.), Erika Abrams (tr.), Northwestern University Press, 2016, 221pp., $34.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780810133617. Reviewed by Steven Crowell, Rice University The work of Jan Patočka (1907-1977), Czech philosopher and activist, is still not as well-known as it should be. After finishing his doctorate in Prague in 1933, Patočka studied in Freiburg with Husserl, where he also attended lectures by Heidegger and met Eugen Fink. He returned to Prague to work on his Habilitation, The Natural World as a Philosophical Problem, which was published in 1936. After the war Patočka was barred from teaching, except for a brief time after the "Prague Spring" of 1968. His works -- emphasizing freedom, the critique of ideologies, and a new Europe -- circulated in typescript, he lectured in the "Underground University," and in 1977 he was one of. . .

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