By Aviezer Tucker

A critical research of the philosophy and political perform of the Czech dissident flow 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 severe therapy of Havel as thinker and Patocka as a political philosopher. during the constitution seventy seven dissident circulate in Czechoslovakia, rivals of communism established their civil fight for human rights on philosophic foundations, and contributors 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 endured to use Patocka’s philosophy so as to comprehend the human below overdue communism and the which means of dissidence. despite the fact that, the political/philosophical orientation of the constitution seventy seven move did not supply President Havel with an sufficient foundation for comprehending and responding to the intense political and fiscal 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 contemporary democratic procedure. inside of this context, Tucker additionally examines Havel’s contemporary try to topple the democratic yet corrupt executive 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 reports, and historians, in addition to someone enthusiastic about the character of dissidence.

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