Reading Václav Havel in the Age of Trump

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    This paper explores the explicit self-deprecation in Vaclav Havel’s writings in order to outline a unique contribution to thinking about resistance contained in Havel’s oeuvre. What Havel offers is a timely critique of messianic political gestures. I will focus on how Havel’s self-deprecation offers a subtle but significant critique of western politics which also contains the kernal of a virtue ethics of sorts, instead of a blueprint for radical action. I will also explain the important and related critique of messianic politics entailed in Havel’s thought and outline the significance of this critique for the current political climate.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages54-70
    Number of pages17
    JournalCritical Horizons
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    Early online date17 Jan 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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