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On Czech Dissent


The essay is a review of some recent books on the phenomenon of dissent in Communist Czechoslovakia. It considers the nature and legacy of the dissidents' confrontation with totalitarian power and examines some of the internal political and philosophical debates within the dissident community.

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  1. This citation is to a Czech collection of Benda’s essays. An American edition will come out in 2015 with St. Augustine’s Press. The translation is by Barbara Day.

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  • Manton, E. (Ed.). 2007. Jan Patočka: Living in Problematicity. Praha: Edice Oikúmemé.

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  • Patočka, J. 2002. Plato and Europe. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

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  • Taylor, F. F., IV (Ed.). 2011. The Great Lie: Classic and Recent Appraisals of Ideology and Totalitarianism. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books.

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Taylor, F. On Czech Dissent. Soc 52, 87–92 (2015).

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  • Totalitarianism
  • Communism
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Vaclav Havel
  • Vaclav Benda