Department of Contemporary Continental Philosophy conducts primary philosophical research focused on pressing current topics within social, environmental, political, and cultural contexts. The research is methodically rooted in the main traditions of the 20th and 21st century continental philosophy: phenomenology, critical theory, hermeneutics, post-structuralism, post-Marxism, and psychoanalysis.
The concentration to present philosophical problems prioritises strongly topical (both analytical and systematic) rather than historical approach. In other words, the primary emphasis of the department’s research profile is not in the history of 20th century philosophy. A half of the department’s projects includes inter- and trans-disciplinary methodologies.
Demonstrated by participating in international scientific debates, as well as by publications, the department maintains academic excellence in these fields: 1. Phenomenology (phenomenological methodology; phenomenology of religious experience; current significance of the school of Brentano; investigations of embodied subjectivity and imagination). 2. Social and political theory (social change; social visibility and invisibility; theory of play and performance philosophy; current developments of post-Marxism). 3. Ethics (care ethics; civil service).
Besides the primary research, the department performs also applied research in administrative ethics and bioethics. Likewise, an important part of department’s mission consists in transmitting philosophy into the public space (public lectures and discussions; research support of art and artists). As an integral part of their work, members of the department also supervise post-graduate students and their doctoral theses.
The department is formed by an efficient and cohesive team that consists partly of leading figures in the current generation of Czech philosophers, working in the field of contemporary continental thought, and partly of foreign researchers from countries such as Italy, Belgium, Germany, U.K., and the U.S.A. Department’s meetings and workshops are held in English, as is the routine communication among members during research teamwork.
The international character of the team is reinforced by extensive international collaborations with colleagues from Germany, France, Poland, U.S.A., U.K., Slovakia, and other countries. These collaborations are manifested by a high number of co-edited international books and journal volumes.