HANYCH, Monika. The Legal-Philosophical Terms of Havel’s Thought in Current Legal Discourse. In Štěpániková, Markéta, Michal Malaník, Monika Hanych a Martin Škop. Argumentation 2017. 1st ed. Brno: Masaryk University, 2017. p. 86-103. ISBN 978-80-210-8839-9.
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Original name The Legal-Philosophical Terms of Havel’s Thought in Current Legal Discourse.
Name in Czech Právně-filozofické pojmy z Havlových myšlenek v současném právním diskurzu
Authors HANYCH, Monika (203 Czech Republic, guarantor, belonging to the institution).
Edition 1. vyd. Brno, Argumentation 2017, p. 86-103, 18 pp. 2017.
Publisher Masaryk University
Other information
Original language English
Type of outcome Proceedings paper
Field of Study 50501 Law
Country of publisher Czech Republic
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
Publication form printed version "print"
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14220/17:00099863
Organization unit Faculty of Law
ISBN 978-80-210-8839-9
UT WoS 000429766100006
Keywords (in Czech) Václav Havel; Právně-filozofické myšlenky; Současný právní diskurz
Keywords in English Václav Havel; Legal-Philosophical Thought; Current Legal Discourse
Tags filozofie práva, Havlovo dílo, Havlův odkaz, rivok, teorie práva, Václav Havel
Tags International impact, Reviewed
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Abstract
“I think it can safely be assumed that the overwhelming majority of shopkeepers never think about the slogans they put in their windows, nor do they use them to express their real opinions.” (V. Havel, The Power of the Powerless, 1977) Havel´s legal-philosophical concepts concerning justice, morality, ideology, and mainly, the subjects of freedom, power and living in truth are key terms of his literary work. They had an enormous impact on dissidents, academics, dominant state power and transforming part of the society not only back at the time of publishing but also during following revolutionary years. Living in truth is supposed to be the key maxim of Havel’s writings. It is the impetus behind his plays, political essays or his dissent as such. Living in truth is living outside of the coercions of ideology according to his view; being open to all possible appearances rather than focusing on a single mode of appearance (Brennan, 2016). This phenomenological view influenced by Jan Patočka has also a link to Havel´s distrust of the manipulative nature of political, resp. legal language; shown implicitly in his plays and descriptively in words of his essays. Havel´s influence on recent political or philosophical history, use of language and legal heritage is undoubtable. This contribution goes beyond the historical explanations; it rather focuses on how the above-mentioned key terms of Havel´s legacy are used in current legal and political discourse. It shows connotations, philosophical influence and contemporary applications of his main literary thoughts within the contemporary legal public debate.
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