Ľubica Učník is an associate professor and academic chair in philosophy at Murdoch University, Australia. She is coeditor (with Ivan Chvatík and Anita Williams) of Asubjective Phenomenology: Jan Patočka’s Project in the Broader Context of His Work; The Phenomenological Critique of Mathematisation and the Question of Responsibility: Formalisation and the Life-World; and (with Ivan Chvatík) of the English translation of Patočka’s The Natural World as a Philosophical Problem (translated by Erika Abrams).
Učník examines the existential conflict that formed the focus of Edmund Husserl’s final work: how to reconcile scientific rationality with the meaning of human existence. To investigate this conundrum, she places Husserl in dialogue with three of his most important successors: Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, and Jan Patočka.
“Učník contributes to a clarification of the phenomenological call to return ‘back to the things themselves.’ Putting these four thinkers in conversation around a well-formulated question that also addresses significant questions of today is a great contribution to understanding the development of phenomenological thought in the twentieth century from new angles.”
Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, professor of philosophy at Södertörn University and author of Lovtal till intet: Essäer om filosofisk hermeneutik