Life after Death and Immortality in Jan Patočka

Filip Karfík

The paper presents a specimen of Patočka’s phenomenology in its
double meaning of a science of appearance qua appearance and of
a philosophy aiming at ontological hypotheses, as Patočka himself
puts it. The author first deals with Patočka’s interpretation of the phenomenon of life after death as an integral moment of the human being’s intersubjective structure. Subsequently he focuses on Patočka’s interpretation of the Platonic concept of the immortality of the soul as a philosophical achievement to be distinguished from the phenomenon of life after death.