Department of Contemporary Continental Philosophy

The department consists of a team of leading Czech and foreign researchers working in the area of continental philosophy. The department focus is on a wide spectrum of topics ranging from philosophy of the body, to philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of sociality, philosophy of psychiatry, performance philosophy and artistic research. These topics are dealt with from the perspectives inspired mainly, but not exclusively, by the European traditions of phenomenology, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, critical theory and post-structuralism. The department’s scientific mission foregrounds an interdisciplinary cooperation between philosophy and diverse scientific fields, such as applied ethics, art theory, anthropology, psychology, linguistics, sociology, biology, or neuroscience. The members of the department both take an active part in the present-day international debates in continental philosophy and provide a substantial portion of Czech-written scientific production in the field.

Recently, the department received five national and two international research grants on diverse topics, including e.g. “Measures for the development of an ethical culture in Czech public administration”, “Towards a new ontology of social cohesion”, “Music and image in the 20th century’s thought” or “Unity and multiplicity in contemporary thought”. The department has an intense international collaboration with top research institutions in continental philosophy worldwide. This includes a long-term cooperation with e.g. the Husserl Archive – ENS Paris, the Husserl Archive – University of Cologne, the Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology – University of Memphis, the Centre for Subjectivity Research – University of Copenhagen, the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics – University of Brighton, and many others.

Selected publications from 2015–2019


Ritter, Martin. Into the World. The Movement of Patočka’s Phenomenology, Springer: Cham, 2019, 183 s., ISBN 978-3-030-23657-1.

Daniel Swain: None so Fit to Break the Chains: Marx`s Ethics of Self-Emancipation. Brill, Historical Materialism Book Series, Vol. 194, 2019, ISBN: 978-90-04-31577-8

Koubová, Alice, Myslet z druhého místa. K otázce performativní filosofie, AMU, 2019.


Bierhanzl, Jan. L’action faible: de l’éthique à la politique. Paris: Hermann, 2018.

Nitsche, Martin. Methodical Precedence of Intertwining: an Introduction to a Transitive – Topological Phenomenology. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2018.

Koubová, Alice. Ludic Philosophy in Brecht’s Drama and Prose. In: Kuhn, T. – Barnett, D. (eds.), The Brecht Yearbook 42: Recycling Brecht. New York: Camden House, 2018, s. 51–64.

Dierckxsens, Geoffrey. Ricœur’s Take on Embodied Cognition. Enactivism in Light of Freedom and Nature. In: Davidson, S. (ed.), A Companion to Ricoeur’s Freedom and Nature. London – New York: Lexington Books, 2018

Rollinger, Robin. Brentano’s Early Philosophy of Mind. In: Lapointe, S. (ed.), Philosophy of Mind in the Nineteenth Century. London – New York: Routledge, 2018, s. 168–185.

Urban, Petr. Revisiting Husserl’s account of language in Logical Investigations. Horizon. Studies in Phenomenology. Roč. 7, č. 2 (2018).

Ritter, Martin. The Life of Inwardness: Asubjectivity in Patočka’s War Manuscripts. Acta Universitatis Carolinae. Interpretationes: Studia Philosophica Europeanea. Roč. 7, č. 1 (2017), s. 47–59.


Dierckxsens, Geoffrey. Paul Ricœur’s Moral Anthropology. Singularity, Responsibility and Justice. Lanham: Lexin‑ gton Books, 2017. 266 s.

Janoušek, Hynek – Rollinger, Robin. The Prague School. In Kriegel, U. (ed.). The Routledge Handbook of Franz Brentano and the Brentano School. New York – London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017, s. 313–322.

Ierna, Carlo. The Brentanist Philosophy of Mathematics in Edmund Husserl’s Early Works. In Centrone, S. (ed.). Essays on Husserl’s Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics. Dordrecht: Springer, 2017, s. 147–168.


Novotný, Karel. Relevance subjektivity. Tělo a duše z hlediska fenomenologie afektivity. Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2016. 213 s.

Koubová, Alice. Percevoir la beauté du monde. In Dufourcq, A. (ed.). Est-ce réel? Phénoménologies de l’imaginaire. Leiden: Brill, 2016, s. 147–170.

Novotný, Karel. Der Leib-Körper als Kern und Grenze der Subjektivität. In Nielsen, C., Novotný, K., Nenon, T. (eds.). Kontexte des Leiblichen. Nordhausen: Traugott Bautz, 2016, s. 71–96.


Dufourcq, A., The Fundamental Imaginary Dimension of the Real in Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy. Research in Phenomenology. 2015, roč. 45, č. 1, s. 33–52.

Gléonec, A., Merleau-Ponty entre Machiavel et Marx: vers une nouvelle analogie du corps politique. Horizon. Studies in Phenomenology. 2015, roč. 4, č. 1, s. 70–96.