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Once Upon a Time of Transition: Fourteen Exercises in Political Thought

Author: 

Palouš, Martin

Credentials: 

Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States, 2001-2005, and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations, 2006-2011, Senior Fellow, Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University

Once Upon a Time of Transition is a journey through four decades in the career of a Czech dissident and diplomat reflecting on transitions from the 20th to the 21st century. A meaningful contribution to on-going public debates, and to a better understanding of our current political situation, Ambassador Martin Palouš explores the uncertain territory between philosophy and politics. Directly or indirectly, his texts were inspired by three great Central European thinkers of the 20th century, Hannah Arendt, Jan Patočka and Eric Voegelin. At stake is the classical Socratic question concerning the “common good” that they all raised in their investigations of the human condition -- the question that Aristotle held to direct all our actions whether we adhere to some form of metaphysics or theology, or subscribe to the post-modern nihilism so fashionable these days.

Market: 
Political Science, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Intellectual History, Humanism, Metaphysics, Aristotle, Communism, Anti-Communism, Post-Modernism, Dissident Movements, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, European Studies, Hannah Arendt, Jan Patočka, Eric Voegelin, Czech Republic, Czechoslovakian
Release Date: 
December 1, 2020
ISBN: 
978-1680539264 Hardcover
Price: 
$99.95
Trim Size: 
6x9
Pages: 
158
Illustrations: 
None
Publisher: 

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