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TraversingEmbodied Lifeworlds in the Czech Republic$
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Susanna Trnka

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749223

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749223.001.0001

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Between the Power Lines and the Stars

(p.170) 6 Reconnection

Susanna Trnka

Cornell University Press

This chapter concludes with an analysis of Martin Heidegger, Jan Patocka, and Václav Havel's exhortations on actively envisioning and embracing a world without advanced technology. Indulging in the many pleasures of the great outdoors, the chapter also examines how nature and “the natural” give a different sort of bodily knowledge of who people are. It talks about “Indian camps” that mimic the heavily romanticized and fictionalized lifeways of Native American tribes to the industriousness of a relaxing visit to the familial “chata” or country cottage. It also talks about Czechs in their outdoor pursuits and questions whether the realities of living close to nature can indeed transport people to a deeper understanding of what it is be alive. The chapter explores the possibilities and limits of the acts of beauty and violence, dissolution and transcendence that make up everyday living.

Keywords:   Martin Heidegger, Jan Patocka, Václav Havel, advanced technology, natural, bodily knowledge, Indian camps, chata, Native American tribes

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