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  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. He published dozens of theoretical studiies, and also two latest books Poznáním osvobozovat budoucí. Teorie poznání Waltera Benjamina. (To liberate future with knowledge. W. Benjamin's theory of  cognition - 2018) and Into the World. The Movement of Patočka’s Phenomenology (2019)  


Research interests:

phenomenology; critical theory; media philosophy

Selected publications:

Into the World: Movement of Patočka’s Phenomenology. Springer: Dordrecht 2019.

Poznáním osvobozovat budoucí. Teorie poznání Waltera Benjamina. OIKOYMENH: Praha 2018.

Die Unmittelbarkeit des Mediums. Zur Aktualität der Medienphilosophie Walter Benjamins, Internationales Jahrbuch für Medienphilosophie, Vol. 5, 2019.

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.

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

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

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

The Life of Inwardness. Asubjectivity in Patočka’s War Manuscripts, Interpretationes, 2017/1, 47–59.

Filosofie jazyka Waltera BenjaminaPraha: Filosofia. 2010.