Epilogue: the Return of the Czech Question

In: Recalling Masaryk’s The Czech Question
Luděk Sekyra
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The essay characterizes the Czech question as an eternal topic for the Czech intellectual tradition. The discourse on the Czech question was established by an 1895 book of the same name by Tomáš Masaryk, a philosopher and politician and the first president of Czechoslovakia. According to Patočka, Masaryk attempted to create a synthesis between Bolzano’s concept of state patriotism founded primarily on the moral value of a nation and Josef Jungmann’s national and linguistic patriotism inspired by Herder and his ideas about the linguistic identity of nations. Masaryk returns to giants of the Czech National Revival like František Palacký, who placed at the core of Czech history the divine element, which for him is humanity. The essay also discusses the disputes over the meaning of Czech history between Masaryk and Josef Pekař.

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Recalling Masaryk’s The Czech Question

Humanity and Politics on the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century

Series:  Value Inquiry Book Series, Volume: 381 and  Central European Value Studies, Volume: 381


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