The aim of this paper is to explore the topic of meaning and of its constitutive unavailability, penetrating the conceptual and linguistic range that the prefix dis assumes in some fundamental theoretical junctions characterizing the life and work of the Czech philosopher Jan Patoˇcka. Through a preliminary reference to the concept of “disposition” of the existence in the natural world, in the first part, an incursion is made into Patoˇcka’s perspective of an “a-subjective” phenomenology, in order to understand its decisive corporeal and spatial instances. The second part focuses, instead, on the human counter-movement of “distancing” from world and beings, as presented in Patoˇcka’s perspective of a Negative Platonism, where the meaning of a linguistic and existential spacing assumes the negative traits of a separation that keeps beings in a tearing relationship. Finally, this “non-adequative” aspect is presented in reference to the question of technique and objectification on which the Czech philosopher still insisted in the last years of his life, when the (un)political experience of dissent came to unite the different declinations of dis in a negative, unsettling, but also generative attitude.

Keywords: Meaning; Patocka; Disposition; A-subjective; Phenomenology; Dissent.