Martin Ritter (1977) completed his PhD studies in 2007 at Charles University in Prague with a dissertation on Walter Benjamin’s philosophy of language. In 2007–2018 he taught philosophy at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University; in 2010 he became a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He is an expert on Jan Patočka’s phenomenology and on the thought of Walter Benjamin. Currently, Martin focuses on media philosophy. He edited (and translated) three volumes of Czech Selected Writings of Walter Benjamin, and translated into Czech key works of, among others, Theodor W. Adorno, Richard Rorty, Slavoj Žižek, or Homi Bhabha.


Research interests:

phenomenology; critical theory; media philosophy

Selected publications:

Ritter, M., „Die Unmittelbarkeit des Mediums. Zur Aktualität der Medienphilosophie Walter Benjamins“, Internationales Jahrbuch für Medienphilosophie, Volume 5 (vyjde)

Ritter, M., Poznáním osvobozovat budoucí. Teorie pravda Waltera Benjamina. Filosofia – Oikúmené, Praha 2018

Ritter, M., “The Hubris of Transcendental Idealism. Understanding Patočka’s Early Concept of the Lifeworld”,​ Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, vol. 49, 2018, Issue 2, 171–181.

Ritter, M., “Approaching the Absolute in Jan Patočka’s Phenomenology”, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, 3, 2017, 499–516.

Ritter, M., “Patočka’s Care of the Soul Reconsidered: Performing the Soul Through Movement”, Human Studies, 40(2), 2017, 233–247

Ritter, M., “Towards a Non-Eurocentric Analysis of the World Crisis: Reconsidering Patočka’s Approach”, Research in Phenomenology, 47(3), 2017, 288–405

Ritter, M. 2010. Filosofie jazyka Waltera Benjamina. Praha: Filosofia.

Ritter, M. 2010. Vom Sinn der Übersetzung. In: Internationales Zeitschrift für Hermeneutik, Bd. 9/2010, s. 311-326.

Ritter, M. 2010. Goethova imanentní pravda mýtu navzdory. In: Filosofické reflexe uměleckého díla, Praha: FHS, s. 393-410.

Ritter, M. 2007. Walter Benjamins Jugendschriften. In: Internationales Zeitschrift für Hermeneutik, Bd. 6/2007, s. 239-258.

Ritter, M. 2006. Hölderlinovy figury básně W. Benjamina, in: Svět literatury, 33/2006, s. 147-160.