"New human possibilities" in Patočka's philosophy of literature

Variant title
"Nové lidské možnosti" v Patočkově filozofii literatury
Author: Plunkett, Erin
Source document: Bohemica litteraria. 2020, vol. 23, iss. 2, pp. 69-80
Extent
69-80
  • ISSN
    1213-2144 (print)
    2336-4394 (online)
Type
Article
Language
English
Abstract(s)
This article considers Patočka's phenomenological account of literature in "The Writer's Concern" to defend the idea that literary writing offers a distinctive philosophical contribution. In this text, Patočka gives the writer a special claim on the activity of world disclosure and suggests that literature may offer a glimpse out of the techno-scientific framework that dominates contemporary life. I examine both science and literature as modes of relating to the world, raising questions about the distinctiveness of each and their use of the written word. Finally, I locate the philosophical advantage of literary writing in Patočka's dual claims about literature: that it offers "an individual capturing of life's meaning" and that it presents "the world" as an "undivided" whole.
Článek se zabývá fenomenologickou koncepcí literatury v Patočkově studii "Spisovatel a jeho věc" a rozvíjí myšlenku, že literatura nabízí výrazný filozofický přínos. Patočka přisuzuje spisovateli spoluúčast na aktivitě zjevování světa a ukazuje, že literatura může poskytnout vhled za technicko-vědecký rámec, který dominuje současnému životu. Zabývám se vědou i literaturou jako způsoby vztahování se ke světu, reflektuji osobitost každé z nich a způsob, jakým používají psané slovo. V závěru nacházím filozofický přínos literárního psaní v Patočkově dvojím tvrzení o literatuře: že nabízí "individuální zachycení smyslu života" a že představuje "svět" jako "nedělitelný" celek.
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