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Jan Patočka

Czech essayist and philosopher

1907   -   1977

movement: phenomenology
country of citizenship: Czechoslovakia
language of expression: German, Czech
educated at: Charles University
occupation: philosopher, pedagogue, writer, university teacher
award received: Recipient of the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, 1st class, doctor honoris causa
position held: spokesperson of Charter 77
influenced by: Edmund Husserl

Jan Patočka (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpatot͡ʃka], 1 June 1907 – 13 March 1977) was a Czech philosopher. Due to his contributions to phenomenology and the philosophy of history he is considered one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century. Having studied in Prague, Paris, Berlin and Freiburg, he was one of the last pupils of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. During his studies in Freiburg he was also tutored by Eugen Fink, a relationship which eventually turned into a lifelong philosophical friendship.
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