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About Francesco Tava

Francesco Tava is a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Milan. His areas of specialisation are phenomenology, and moral and political philosophy. He has a particular interest in the political development of post-Husserlian phenomenology and has recently published a monograph, Il rischio della libertà (Milano: Mimesis, 2014), on the thought of Czech philosopher Jan Patočka. Since the completion of his doctorate in 2012, he has held several research fellowships at the Jan Patočka Archive and the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences. In 2014 he worked as a visiting fellow at the University of the West of England. See his academia.edu profile page.

Articles by Francesco Tava

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Adam Bychawski

Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Breaching the long litany of unlesses: a response to Simon Glendinning’s ‘Saving Europe from salvation'

The risk to Europe is a perpetuation of crisis by implacable erosion, and with this the abdication of political institutions from protecting the interests of citizens that they are responsible for and to.

Introducing three old ideas for a new Europe: flourishing, solidarity and care for the soul

These ideas--care for the soul, flourishing, solidarity--are ideas that according to Jan Patočka could be useful for reinterpreting our political space, in the face of a crisis which is shattering it.

Introducing this week’s theme: Old ideas for a new Europe

We have asked a diverse group of political activists and intellectuals to offer their reflections on these three old ideas - flourishing, solidarity and care for the soul – from the perspective of their activities and experiences.

Life after Europe: the Post-Europe Project

The joint editors of Europe – the very idea introduce the next stage of their project – a discussion inspired by the Czech philosopher and political dissident Jan Patočka. An invitation to discussion.

The brave struggle: an insight into Europe from its future

We should start understanding Europe not as an idea but rather as a clash of ideas; as a community whose ground is not an exclusionary identity, but rather a comprehensive solidarity. 

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