Die "unermessliche Leichtigkeit und Zerbrechlichkeit des menschlichen Faktums." Jan Patočka und die Krise des Humanismus

Ludger Hagedorn
2017 Labyrinth: An International Journal for Philosophy, Value Theory and Sociocultural Hermeneutics  
Jan Patočka and die Crisis of HumanismThe article addresses Jan Patočka's writings in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. The paper's title – "The Immense Lightness and Fragility of the Human Fact" – is taken from a short, yet immensely crucial 1946 text of his that formulates a severe criticism of ideology/ideologies and eventually offers a profound questioning of humanist ideals. Accentuating his critique against the backdrop of Sartre's and Heidegger's contemporaneous challenges
more » ... oraneous challenges to humanism, the paper argues that Patočka debunks a misconceived "cult of the human being" and ideologies of progress while insisting on the integrity of a human life in confrontation with its inherent weakness and fragility.
doi:10.25180/lj.v19i1.126 fatcat:l3abkcddwvevdfi4zp66ph4p2q