This week at the New School, TCDS Director Elzbieta Matynia sat down with Prof. James Dodd who will be teaching a course titled “Europe is dead,” Philosophy, History, and Politics in the Thought of Jan Patocka at this summer’s Democracy & Diversity Institute in Wroclaw, Poland. They discussed the relevance of Patocka’s work and why his thought is particularly suited for thinking about politics in dark times. You can see the full video below. To find out more about the upcoming Institute, including the other courses offered and how to apply, please see our website here, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Don’t miss the opportunity to take this amazing course!
“What’s also interesting about Patocka is he was a prominent dissident connected to the Charter 77 movement… If we are interested in what dissidence is as a phenomenon, it has diverse intellectual roots…one of the sources of dissidence were these philosophical traditions of Central/Eastern Europe and Patocka is an interesting chapter in the story.”
— Prof. James Dodd, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research