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The Philosophy and Politics of Czech Dissidence from Patocka to Havel

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Acritical study of the philosophy and political practice of the Czech dissident movement Charter 77. Aviezer Tucker examines how the political philosophy of Jan Patocka (1907–1977), founder of Charter 77, influenced the thinking and political leadership of Vaclav Havel as dissident and president.

Presents thefirst serious treatment of Havel as philosopher and Patocka as a p
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Paperback, 312 pages
Published October 12th 2000 by University of Pittsburgh Press (first published 2000)
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I started reading the next to last chapter first " The Velvet Corruption: Czech Politics, 1993-1998." The detail provided here is more than needed but it gives a good overview of the transfer of top tier communist corruption to its second tier leaders who were “reformed” but just as corrupt. In the second chapter the author attempts to explain the philosophical background that led to the Velvet Revolution via two of its principal actors Jan Patocka and Vaclav Havel both of which were educated in ...more
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