Care of the Soul and the Issue of Appearing

Martin Ritter

In an interpretation of Jan Patočka’s late thought, the paper seeks to shed some light on the connection between Patočka’s philosophy of history and his phenomenology. His attempt to use Plato’s concept of psykhê for an interpretation of the contemporary situation of Europe is set in the context of Patočka’s phenomenology. A new conception of truth, one that would take into account the problem of human responsibility, turns out as a desideratum of Patočka’s late philosophy.