Egon Bondy. Working Analysis and Other Texts

Pracovní analýza [Working Analysis and Other Texts] (1969) is the most extensive work of Egon Bondy dedicated to political issues. In it, he analyzes many theoretical questions and presents various explanations for his political views, which follow from his theoretical analysis. It contains several thematically linked themes, above all in this regard a critique of the Stalinist and Post-Stalinist system. This is tied in with an effort to explain, historically and structurally, the causes of that system's birth, its genesis, and its internal contradictions. Another distinctive theme in the work concerns the issue of social self-management and workers' councils. Bondy analyzes the possibility of attaining and sustaining workers' self-management, as well as the problems linked with it.


The Czech Question and Modern Times

The book to be concerned with Masaryk's work The Czech Question does not mean only to return to the past. The question of meaning of the Czech existence with which Masaryk addressed the Czech society during the 1890s, seems to be disconcerting and problematic at our radically changed present time. Is this question still relevant? The Czech Question is according to Masaryk the humanitarian question, and in this sense it is a matter of necessity to understand it as an ever-lasting confrontation between our way of living and the ideal which our reality is defeated. The publication is interdisciplinary in the nature; contributions include a variety of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences disciplines, whose authors contemplate the nature of the Czech question at present and in history.


Imaginace a forma. Mezi estetickým formalismem a filosofií emancipace. Studie Josefu Zumrovi

Studie zahrnuté v tomto svazku jsou shromážděny u příležitosti životního jubilea, devadesátých narozenin Josefa Zumra. Přímo či volněji rozpracovávají témata utvářející svébytnou tradici českého emancipačního myšlení, na kterou Zumr ve svém díle navazuje a o jejíž aktualizaci se významně zasloužil. Jedná se o tradici vyrůstající z politické interpretace platónského realismu, jež byla později obohacena nejen o hegelovský moment dějinnosti, ale zároveň o marxistickou představu člověka a plného uskutečnění jeho možností.


Masaryk's Realism and Philosophy of Positivism


The aim of this book is to point out some essential differences betwen two philosophical approaches to the reality, between the Comte's positivism and the Masaryk's realism. Masaryk values in positivism its high regard and respect to science and its metodology. Science and the scientific approach to the reality should become a fundament of every philosophy. In Comtian spirit Masaryk shows how it is possible to grasp this philosophical problem. However, Masaryk does not share positivist empirism. He is rooted in Platon's, Brentano's and Herbart's rationalism. Rationalism means realism that Masaryk substitutes for positivist fenomenalism. Nevertheless he stays in accordance with positivism on the attitude of strict determinism which excludes strict subjectivism or romantic attitude to the term freedom. The author reflects on some common grounds of the Masaryk's realism which he puts in connection with the contemporary scientific interpretation.


Tracing the Marxist-Christian Dialogue in Czechoslovakia


The book is devoted to the mutual dialogue between Marxists and Christians that took place in Czechoslovakia and in Central-East Europe in the 1960s. Several chapters are concerned with such questions as what was the basis for the dialogue, what historical and intellectual circumstances influenced its existence, what problems were discussed and what goals, if any, were reached. Simultaneously, some authors are inquiring as to whetherif the dialogue had a serious impact on the theology and philosophy of the 1960s and if the then open- minded atmosphere influenced the official religious politics of state socialist countriesstates on the one hand and the attitude of Christian churches to state socialism on the other. Last but not least, there remains a question concerningof what has remained from the dialogue up tontil today.? Are there any prospectserspectives here for a future dialoguescussion between Christians, atheists and the political left?


Company Towns of the Bata Concern: European Chapter of Global Expansion


A book is devoted to company towns of the Bat'a concern, and is the result of the long-term research on the first truly global enterprise of Czechoslovak provenience. The publication comprehensively traces the economic and, in particular, the social dimension of the Bat'a business during its dynamic international expansion. The transfer of the business system is explored in political and economic aspects of nine European countries in which sixteen company towns were established from the late 1920s through the end of the 1940s. This revolutionary transformation in footwear production, the first global business model in the footwear industry, assembly-line production and its impacts, and, above, all the model of the company town in its Bat'a variants are explored through the lens of the domestic and international scholarly literature, as well as archival sources from a number of European archives. Readers are presented with the dramatic story of the rise and fall of one of the most ambitious business projects on the European continent.


Bůh a stát. Knutogermánská říše a sociání revoluce 2

V. Tomek


The first Czech translation of Bakunin's unfinished work from the year 1870-1871 is accompanied by text epilogue, summarizing the life and revolutionary activity and thought peripeties major founder and representatives of European anarchism. Bakunin's farsighted ideas remain interesting example of sociopolitical thought the second half of the 19th century, and anticipate the many European future destinies.


Praha : Herrmann & synové, 2014, s. 157-180. ISBN 978-80-87054-39-0

The Windmills of Humanity: On Culture and Surrealism in the Manipulated World

J. G. Feinberg


This book collects 22 essays and literary texts by the Czech philosopher Ivan Sviták in new and newly revised translations. Joseph Grim Feinberg selected, translated, corrected, and edited the texts, provided extensive annotation, and wrote an introductory study on Sviták's thought (also in English). This book represents the first properly edited publication of Sviták's work in English to appear since the early 1970s.

Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 2014

Filosofie Louise Althussera. O filosofii, která chtěla změnit svět

Petr Kužel


The book analyses in a systematic manner a philosophy of Louis Althusser and its development. It deals with Althusser's philosophy from his so-called "theoreticist" period (1960-1967) to aleatory materialism (developed in 1980s). The book situates this philosophy to the intellectual and political context of the France at that time.