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Sacrifice and Salvation: Jan Patočka’s Reading of Heidegger on the Question of Technology
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4153-1428
2011 (English)In: Jan Patočka and the Heritage of Phenomenology Centenary Papers / [ed] Erica Abrams, Ivan Chvatik, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2011, Vol. 61, no 1, 23-37 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to present Jan Patočka’s reading of Heidegger concerning the issue of technology as a key for understanding Patočka’s phenomenology of appearing in relation to Heidegger’s phenomenology of the unapparent. Assuming the essence of technology, defined by Heidegger as Gestell, to be considered as an ontology of sacrifice and salvation, Patočka shows that appearing as such implies a sacrifice. This sacrifice can be called a “phenomenological sacrifice.” The ensuing reflection is divided into three parts: (1) a summary of Patočka’s understanding of the difference between Husserl and Heidegger as regards the phenomenological question of technology; (2) a general discussion on the question of technology as a question of Being qua appearing and the unapparent; (3) an outline of what I call “phenomenological sacrifice” as the sacrifice of appearing, through a discussion of both Heidegger’s and Patočka’s views on the essence of sacrifice.

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Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2011. Vol. 61, no 1, 23-37 p.
Contributions To Phenomenology, ISSN 0923-9545 ; 61
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-8578DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9124-6_3ISI: 000289810300004ISBN: 978-90-481-9123-9 (print)ISBN: 978-90-481-9124-6 (print)OAI: diva2:417084
Available from: 2011-05-15 Created: 2011-05-15 Last updated: 2016-10-10Bibliographically approved

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