• Martin Ritter
Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 104)


This introductory chapter explains why I find a comprehensive, in-depth, and critical presentation of Patočka’s phenomenology in English to be a missing but indeed necessary addition to the scholarly literature on Patočka. In the first half of the book, I seek to provide a succinct reconstruction of Patočka’s phenomenology throughout its evolution. Besides this reconstruction, I also intend to demonstrate how Patočka’s phenomenology is relevant for contemporary thought. Hence, in the second half of the book, I focus on Patočka’s concept of the movement of existence, which I find the most promising part of his asubjective phenomenology. I do not only interpret this concept but rather rethink, and appropriate, it to make it useful for analyzing contemporary existence.


Asubjective phenomenology Edmund Husserl Jan Patočka Life Martin Heidegger Movement of existence Transcendental phenomenology 


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  • Martin Ritter
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  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyCzech Academy of SciencesPragueCzech Republic

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