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Doc. Karel Novotný, MA, PhD, DSc., studied philosophy and physics at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague, and philosophy and political science at the Katholische Universität Eichstätt in Germany. He received PhD both at the Université Paris XII – Créteil, and at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague. He received habilitation at the Palacký University Olomouc in 2012. As a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy, he also earned the title Doctor Sciencie in 2016.
From 1999 to 2000, he worked at the Jan Patočka Archive. From 1993 to 2000, he was a lecturer in philosophy at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. Besides being a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy, he is also a coordinator of the international program German and French Philosophy in Europe (a part of Erasmus Master Mundus program) at the Faculty of Humanities of the Charles University. He is a director of the Central-European Institute of Philosophy (www.sif-praha.cz), together with doc. H. R. Sepp. He is recipient of the Award for achieved excellent results of major scientific impact awarded by the Czech Academy of Sciences in 2014. In 2015, he was awarded the national order of the French Republic Chevalier des Palmes Académiques.
His expertise lies in the field of French philosophy, phenomenology, hermeneutics, german classical philosophy, philosophical anthropology, and philosophy of history. He is an investigator in several grant projects awarded by the Grant Agency of Czech Republic, and the Grant Agency of the Czech Academy of Sciences.  He is a coordinator of following study programms: PRVOK P 18 „Phenomenology and Semiotics“ (2012 – 2016), PROGRES Q21 „Text and image in phenomenology and semiotics“ (2017 – 2021). He published four monographies, co-edited six collective monographies, two editions of primary sources, and one anthology. He has published more than fifty articles, 26 in renown international indexed periodics, 18 in international monographies. He translated several philosohical texts by I. Kant, E. Husserl, M. Henry, M. Richir, etc.


Research interests:

German and French philosophy, hermeneutics, German classical philosophy, Philosophical anthropology, Philosophy of history.

Selected publications:

Nielsen, K., Novotný, K., Nenon, T. 2016. Kontexte des Leiblichen / Contexts of corporeality. Nordhausen: Verlag Traugott Bautz

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

Novotný, K., Rodrigo, P., Slatman, J., Stoller, S. (eds.) 2013. Corporeity and Affectivity. Dedicated to Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Brill.

Novotný, K. 2012. La genèse d'une hérésie. Monde, corps et histoire dans la pensée de Jan Patočka. Bibliothèque de l'histoire de la philosophie. Nouvelle série. Librairie Philosophique. Paris: J. VRIN.

Novotný, K. 2012. Neue Konzepte der Phänomenalität. Essais zur Subjektivität und Leiblichkeit des Erscheinens. Orbis phaenomenologicus, Bd. 26, Würzburg: Verlag Königshausen und Neumann.

Novotný, K. 2010. O povaze jevů. Úvod do současné francouzské fenomenologie. Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart.

Novotný, K. (ed.) 2010. Co je fenomén? Husserl a fenomenologie ve Francii. Praha/Červený Kostelec: OIKOYMENH/Pavel Mervart.

Membership in professional institutions:

Member of Study Boards for postgradual studies at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague (from 2006), and at the Faculty of Humanities (from 2013) of the same university.
Member of the Scientific Board at the Faculty of Humanities.
Member of the Consorcium Executive Board in Erasmus Master Mundus EuroPhilosophie programm "German and French Philosophy" from 2007.
Member of the the Board of  the Association Europhilosophie from 2009.
Member of editorial boards of several periodics: Horizon. Studies in Phenomenology, Interpretationes. Studia Phaenomenologica Europaenea (Acta Universitatis Carolinae), Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy, Philosophie, Reflexe, Lidé města.


SIF: Středoevropský institut filosofie
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