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Jan Patočka - Care for the Soul

Blacks Club - Blacks Club, 67 Dean St Soho, London, W1D 4QH

Jan Patočka (1907-1977) was a Czech philosopher and phenomenologist and is regarded as one of the most important philosophers of the 20 th century. Studying in Prague, Paris, Berlin and Freiburg, he was one of the last pupils of the celebrated philosophers Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. However, Patočka developed his own distinctive insights into the nature of politics and society in the post-modern age. He is perhaps most famous as the leading signatory of the Charter 77 human rights declaration, an act that led directly to his death. Care for the soul lies at the heart of Patočka’s thought. With his exploration of the basis of a shared European identity, his emphasis on freedom and truth, on the value of the arts, and on the importance of civil society, Patočka’s ideas are now more relevant than ever.


Erin Plunkett is a philosopher working in phenomenology, existentialism, and history of philosophy. She holds a PhD is Philosophy from Royal Holloway, University of London and an MA in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies from Indiana University in the USA. She is co-translator of a selected edition of works by Jan Patočka for forthcoming publication with Bloomsbury, and is the ideal person to explore his relevance to contemporary debates about politics and society.


This event is the first in the series of salon-style events being curated by the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation at Blacks Club in the heart of Soho, where we know the French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine used to hang out in Soho in the early 1870s. The series will present an eclectic range of arts-related content and will champion the importance of the arts and culture.


How to Book

The event will be held from 6.30pm on Tuesday April 24 at Blacks Club, 67 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4QH.

The talk itself will commence promptly at 7.00pm, and should last about an hour.
Space at the event is strictly limited. Members should RSVP in advance to to reserve a place.

These will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis. Please reserve your place now to avoid disappointment!

The event will cost £10 per person on the door, payable to R&V either by cheque or in cash.