The Heretical Conception of the European Heritage in the Late Essays of Jan Patočka
In this short piece I am not undertaking to give a full discussion of the whole of Patočka's "heretical" work. I wish only make clear its most essential core. What, in Patočka's view, made Europe Europe and what is Europe's bequest to the world after what Patočka describes as its fall, completed by the two world wars? What should Europe look to conserve in itself if ― as seems likely ― it would like to once again play a respected role in world events? Is there something which the globalised world should take over from old Europe, or something which it should eschew, if it does not wish history to end and utter decadence to ensue?