World, Sense, Freedom: Patočka and Nancy on the Way Beyond Onto-Theology

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This article compares two currents of thought that are in search of a philosophy beyond onto-theology: the differential ontology of Jean-Luc Nancy and the asubjective hermeneutical phenomenology of Jan Patočka. Both claim that the demise of traditional metaphysics culminates in a new understanding of the “world.” Their reflections on the primacy of the world, on freedom, and on meaning which exceeds rational understanding show remarkable similarities. The discussion of their differences results in a few critical remarks concerning ideas of Nancy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)30-52
Number of pages23
JournalSymposium. Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024


  • Jan Patočka
  • Jean-Luc Nancy
  • Phenomenology
  • Subject
  • Sense
  • Freedom


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