• This book examines the work of the Czech Philosopher Jan Patočka from the largely neglected perspective of religion. Patočka is known primarily for his work in phenomenology and ancient Greek philosophy, and also as a civil rights activist and a critic of modernity. He also maintained a persistent and increasing interest in Christianity, Martin Koci shows, and indeed his first and last publications concerned religion and theology. This book examines the theological motifs in Patočka's work, a…Read more
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    The European reception of John D. Caputo's thought: radicalizing theology (edited book)
    with Joeri Schrijvers
    Lexington Books, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. 2022.
    This book explores Caputo's proposal for a radical theology of our time. Philosophers and theologians from within Europe respond to Caputo's attempt to configure a less rigid, less dogmatic form of religion. These scholars, in turn, receive responses by Caputo, thereby strengthening the development of radical theology in Europe and abroad.
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    The World as a Theological Problem
    Journal for Continental Philosophy of Religion 2 (1): 22-46. 2020.
    We have no other experience of God but the human experience, claims Emmanuel Falque. We – human beings – are in the world. Whatever we do, whatever we think and whatever we experience happens in the world and is mediated by the manner of the world. This also includes religious experience. Reflection on the possibility of religious experience – the experience of God – suggests that the world is interrupted by someone or something that is not of the world. The Christian worldview makes the tension…Read more
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    Christianity after Christendom: Rethinking Jan Patočka’s Heresy
    Heythrop Journal 63 (4): 717-730. 2022.
    The Heythrop Journal, Volume 63, Issue 4, Page 717-730, July 2022.
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    The studies of the Czech phenomenologist Jan Patočka has been flourishing recently. Martin Ritter’s book Into the World: The Movement of Patočka’s Phenomenology offers an important contribution to the debate and a long-awaited critical presentation of Patočka’s asubjective phenomenology as well as creative re-reading of Patočka's central doctrine of the movements of existence.
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    The Experiment of Night: Jan Patočka on War, and a Christianity to Come
    Labyrinth: An International Journal for Philosophy, Value Theory and Sociocultural Hermeneutics 19 (1): 107-124. 2017.
    Sacrifice, solidarity, and social decadence were essential themes not only for Patočka's philosophical work, but also for his personal life. In the "Varna Lectures" sacrifice is characterized uniquely as the privation of a clear telos, as counter-escapist, and as sutured to a comportment of finite life that is non-causal and non-purposive. In his Heretical Essays a similar hope is expressed to extract meaningfulness from use-value, and to deploy a Socratic and Christian "Care for the Soul" that …Read more
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    Metaphysical thinking after metaphysics: a theological reading of Jan Patočka’s Negative Platonism
    International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 79 (1-2): 18-35. 2018.
    For decades now, the end of metaphysics has been heralded. Engaging with the issue at stake, first, I will present and critically discuss Jan Patočka’s prophetic reflection on the fate of metaphysics after metaphysical philosophy. This will show that the problem is far more complicated and that attempts devoted to overcoming metaphysics often unjustly reduce it. To be able properly address the complexities of the crisis of metaphysics, I will move beyond Patočka and will introduce the agent, whi…Read more
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    Phenomenology and Theology Revisited: Emmanuel Falque and His Critics
    Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 76 (2-3): 903-926. 2020.
    This paper is a critical account on Emmanuel Falque's project of the revision of the disciplinary boundaries between phenomenology and theology. Falque advices philosophers to embrace theology in order to philosophize better; and requests theologians to allow liberate themselves by philosophy. This proposal caused the earthquake in the field of the theological turn and earned heavy criticism. Firstly, I will contextualise and will present the background of Falque's thought. Secondly, I will enga…Read more
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    Transforming the Theological Turn: Phenomenology with Emmanuel Falque (edited book)
    with Jason Alvis
    Rowman & Littlefield. 2020.
    In this collection, the question “Must we cross the Rubicon?” is central. However, rather than simply opposing or subscribing to Falque’s position, the individual chapters of this book interrogate and critically reflect on the relationship between theology and philosophy, offering novel perspectives and redrawing the outlines of their borderlands.
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    Christianity after Christendom: Rethinking Jan Patočka’s Heresy
    Heythrop Journal 63 (4): 717-730. 2019.
    The Heythrop Journal, EarlyView.