Volume 7, 2007
Jan Patočka and the European Heritage
La guerre continue
Note sur le sens du monde et la pensée de la mort
“The Continuous War: note on the sense of the world and the thought of death” is a free commentary on the last chapter of Heretical Essays, “Wars of the Twentieth Century”. It takes as a guiding thread a reflection on the reasons for which, as Patočka suggests, “even in peace, war continues”. It finds these reasons both in the way in which we are bound to the fear of death, and in the sense of the world determined by that bind. It poses the question as to the extent to which
this calls for another meaning of the world.