Metaphysical thinking after metaphysics

a theological reading of Jan Patočka's negative platonism

Martin Koči

pp. 18-35

For decades now, the end of metaphysics has been heralded. Engaging with the issue at stake, first, I will present and critically discuss Jan Patočka’s prophetic reflection on the fate of metaphysics after (the end of) metaphysical philosophy. This will show that the problem is far more complicated and that attempts devoted to overcoming metaphysics often unjustly reduce it. To be able properly address the complexities of the crisis of metaphysics, I will move beyond Patočka and will introduce the agent, which played a decisive role in the history of metaphysics and its development, that is, theology. I will point out that Patočka’s reconsideration of metaphysical thinking via the reinterpretation of the Platonic Idea correlates with the category of faith. Thus, I will argue that ‘a providential marriage’ between Athens and Jerusalem should not be divorced and that, despite numerous attempts to prove the contrary, the alliance of theology metaphysical thinking is unavoidable and even beneficial for both parts.

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DOI: 10.1080/21692327.2017.1402692

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Koči, M. (2018). Metaphysical thinking after metaphysics: a theological reading of Jan Patočka's negative platonism. International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 79 (1-2), pp. 18-35.

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