Department for the Study of Modern Czech Philosophy

Chair: Ivan Landa, Ph.D.

Deputy chair: Jan Mervart, Ph.D.

The Department for the Study of Modern Czech Philosophy carries out basic research on the history of Czech philosophy from the beginning of the 19th century through the end of the 20th century, within the broader context of European intellectual history. It works in fields that have been the object of considerable scholarly interest, in addition to other fields that have often been ignored. Members of the department concentrate on the following themes:

(I) Czech Marxist philosophy

(II) Czech non-Marxist philosophy

(III) Czech philosophy and society up to 1948

Within these areas of study a number of specific projects are underway (each involving original research as well as the publication of critical editions of important texts). These projects include:

1) Marxist humanism in Czechoslovakia (Feinberg, Kužel, Landa, Mervart, Tomek).

This project's principal goal is to investigate the character, intellectual context, and impact of Marxist humanism in Czechoslovakia. Special attention is given to the work of Karel Kosík, Robert Kalivoda, Vítězslav Gardavský, Ivan Sviták, and Lubomír Sochor.

2) Philosophy of the dissident movement (Feinberg, Kužel, Landa, Mervart).

This project's principal goal is to map out the intellectual world of participants in the dissident movement. Special attention is given to a number of principle representatives of Czech dissent, including Václav Benda, Václav Havel, Ladislav Hejdánek, and Jiří Němec.

3) Philosophical and social scientific thought in the Czech Lands between 1800 and 1948 (Svoboda, Ševeček, Tomek).

This project's principal goal is to prepare a bibliography of source material on the history of Czech thought (on the basis of work left unfinished by Karel Urianek). The bibliography will contain, among other things, a bibliography of works by Jewish and German authors working in the region, as well as a bibliography of writings from the Russian immigrant community living in Czechoslovakia between 1918 and 1949. Another goal of the project is to systematically investigate the history of Czech Hegelianism, anarchism, Herbartism, and structuralism and their position within the history of ideas in Central Europe.

The department's output in the coming years will include critical editions of source material in the form of anthologies and the selected or collected works of individual authors (Kosík, Gardavský, Sviták, and others); original scholarly studies and reviews in Czech as well as international journals; individual and collective monographs; translations; and bibliographies. The department also organizes conferences, workshops, seminars, and public lectures for scholarly and non-scholarly audiences.

The Department for the Study of Modern Czech Philosophy openly collaborates with researchers, universities, archives, and other research institutions within the Czech Republic and abroad.

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Upcoming events

  • 12.09.
    2019

    Dialectics Returns. Workshop on Dialectical Thinking

    Od 10.00 do 19.00 v Akademickém konferenčním centru, Jilská 1, 110 00 Praha 1.
  • 12.09.
    2019

    Karel Kosík, Dialektika, kultura a politika

    Od 16.00, Klub Jazz Republic, Jilská 1a, Praha 1

    U příležitosti čtvrtého svazku Sebraných spisů Karla Kosíka, Dialektika, kultura a politika. Eseje a články z let 1955-1969, budeme s Ivanem Landou a Janem Mervartem hovořit o koncepci vydávání Kosíkova díla, o samotném svazku a v neposlední řadě o Karlu Kosíkovi a jeho době. Představovaná kniha zahrnuje články, eseje, rozhovory a kratší příležitostné texty věnované dialektice, kultuře, umění i tehdejší společnosti.
    Karel Kosík (1926–2003) byl významný český filosof, který se věnoval především marxistické filosofii a historiografii českého politického myšlení 19. století, např. v práci Česká radikální demokracie, (1958). Proslavil se knihou Dialektika konkrétního (1963), která byla přeložena do řady světových jazyků a dodnes patří k nejcitovanějším českým filosofickým pracím.
    Čtvrtý svazek Kosíkových sebraných spisů, Dialektika, kultura a politika, bude v Kavárně k mání se slevou 30%.

  • 19.09.
    2019

    Left Feminist Theory and Historiography: Between the Legacy of State-Socialist Emancipation and Today’s Crises

    9.30,Academic Conference Center, Husova 4, Prague

    We invite you to
    Left Feminist Theory and Historiography: Between the Legacy of State-Socialist Emancipation and Today’s Crises
    workshop

    September 19–20, 2019
    Academic Conference Center, Husova 4, Prague

    Speakers: Una Blagojević, Selin Çağatay, Ankica Čakardić, Nina Fárová, Ľubica Kobová, Kateřina Kolářová, Zuzana Maďarová, Ewa Majewska, Jan Matonoha, Agnieszka Mrozik , Blanka Nyklová, Libora Oates-Indruchová, Almira Ousmanova, Katarzyna Stanćzak-Wiślicz, Tereza Stejskalová, Veronika Valkovičová

    Keynote: Zsófia Lóránd

    Organized on the initiative of the COST Action New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent (NEP4DISSENT), in association with the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Department of Gender Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University in Prague, and Contradictions: A Journal for Critical Thought, the workshop will explore two broad issues: the current crisis of capitalism and liberal democracy and the legacies of state-socialist emancipation. By connecting feminist political thought, theory, and philosophy with the history of Eastern and Central Europe, this event aims to facilitate an intellectual and political exchange of ideas between theoretical approaches and historical-analytical reassessments of one of the most ambitious projects of women’s emancipation in the past.

    There will be no registration fee. The workshop site is wheel-chair accessible.

    For further information, see here http://kontradikce.flu.cas.cz/aktuality#Workshoptwentytwenty or https://www.facebook.com/events/326006881449715/

    Thursday September 19, 2019
    9:30 – 10:00 coffee
    10:00 – 10:30 welcome, introductory remarks

    10:30 – 12:30
    chair: Jan Mervart
    Jan Matonoha: “Dozens of Plateaux”: a Preliminary “Inter-survey of the Nearest Past”: Periodizing Works of Czech Female Authors Published between 1948–1989 from a Gender Perspective, with a Special Regard to 1970s and 1980s Dissent and Exile Literature
    Agnieszka Mrozik: Female “Architects” of the Polish People’s Republic: The Case of Zofia Dembińska as a Critical Contribution to the Feminist Theory and Biographical Writing in Poland
    Blanka Nyklová, Nina Fárová: Gender Seen and Unseen

    lunch

    13:30 – 14:00 Mikołaj Ratajczak: Presentation of the Journal Praktyka Teoretyczna

    14:00 – 16:00
    chair: Zsófia Lóránd
    Una Blagojević: Women Intellectuals—Praxis—the Korčula Summer School: 1963–74
    Ľubica Kobová: Socialist Feminist Manifestos and their Subjects

    coffee break

    16:30 – 18:00
    chair: Joseph Grim Feinberg
    Ankica Čakardić: Early Social Reproduction Theory and its Contemporary Strands
    Tereza Stejskalová: The Emancipated Household in Czechoslovakia: A Resource to Reinvent Domestic Space
    Almira Ousmanova: Feminism, Marxism and Love: Rethinking the Ongoing Debates on Sexual Revolution and Socialism

    coffee break

    18:30- 20:00 keynote
    Zsófia Lóránd: The Feminist Challenge to the Socialist State in Yugoslavia

    Friday September 20, 2019
    9:30 – 10:00 coffee

    10:00 – 12:00
    chair: Ľubica Kobová
    Katarzyna Stanćzak-Wiślicz: “Imagined Genealogy”: Legacies of Socialist-State Emancipation, Dissent Discourses and Polish Feminism after 1989
    Kateřina Kolářová: Rehabilitative Postsocialism: Disability, Race, Gender and Sexuality and the Limits of National Belonging
    Libora Oates-Indruchová: Post-1989 Czech Historiography of State Socialism: Gendered, but Gender-Blind

    lunch

    13:00 – 15:00
    chair: Mikołaj Ratajczak
    Selin Çağatay: Redefining the Strike, Building (Left-)Feminist Solidarity: Transnational Mobilizations around the International Women’s Strike
    Zuzana Maďarová, Veronika Valkovičová: Is Feminism Doomed? Contested and Complex Paths of Feminism in Slovakia
    Ewa Majewska: The Impossible Complaint as a Symptom of Contemporary Crisis: Feminism, Critical Theory and Academia Today

    15:00 – 15:30 concluding remarks

     

    September 19–20, 2019
    Academic Conference Center, Husova 4, Prague

    Speakers: Una Blagojević, Selin Çağatay, Ankica Čakardić, Nina Fárová, Ľubica Kobová, Kateřina Kolářová, Zuzana Maďarová, Ewa Majewska, Jan Matonoha, Agnieszka Mrozik , Blanka Nyklová, Libora Oates-Indruchová, Almira Ousmanova, Katarzyna Stanćzak-Wiślicz, Tereza Stejskalová, Veronika Valkovičová

    Keynote: Zsófia Lóránd

    Organized on the initiative of the COST Action New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent (NEP4DISSENT), in association with the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Department of Gender Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University in Prague, and Contradictions: A Journal for Critical Thought, the workshop will explore two broad issues: the current crisis of capitalism and liberal democracy and the legacies of state-socialist emancipation. By connecting feminist political thought, theory, and philosophy with the history of Eastern and Central Europe, this event aims to facilitate an intellectual and political exchange of ideas between theoretical approaches and historical-analytical reassessments of one of the most ambitious projects of women’s emancipation in the past.

    There will be no registration fee. The workshop site is wheel-chair accessible.

    For further information, see here http://kontradikce.flu.cas.cz/aktuality#Workshoptwentytwenty or https://www.facebook.com/events/326006881449715/