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What is SIF?

"SIF" stands for "Středoevropský Institut Filosofie" ("The Central-European Institute of Philosophy"). The Institute promotes philosophy and transdisciplinary research. It achieves its goals through a specific curriculum and research, emphasizing the transdisciplinary and intercultural aspects and international cooperation. Furthermore,it hosts workshops and conferences,participates in several publishing activities and promotes the exchange of students and professors.

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Hans Rainer Sepp

Hans Rainer Sepp

Hans Rainer Sepp (director) arbeitet vor allem in diesem Gebieten: Phänomenologie, Ethik, Ästhetik, Interkulturelle Philosophie, Philosophische Anthropologie. Nach Untersuchungen zu den praktisch-ethischen Konsequenzen der phänomenologischen Veränderung des Weltbezugs am Beispiel des Problems der Grenze, der Bildstruktur und des Lebensbegriffs beschäftigt sich Sepp vor allem mit dem Konzept einer „Philosophischen Europa-Forschung“ und mit einer auf der Grundlage einer erneuerten Phänomenologie der Leiblichkeit erarbeiteten „Oikophilosophie“.

Curriculum Vitae | Selected papers

Karel Novotný

Karel Novotný

Karel Novotný (director) teaches courses in the German and French modules of the Erasmus Master Mundus programme „Europhilosophie“ at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague. He is also a lecturer in the bachelor in philosophy programme and in the PhD programme „Philosophie allemande et française“. His current research projects, in which he is involved as an academic and administrative coordinator, include: Programme for the Development Research at Charles University „Phenomenology and Semiotics“; „Philosophical Investigations of Body Experiences“; „Relevance of the Subjectivity for the Questions of the Humanities“.

Curriculum Vitae | Selected papers

Petr Urban

Petr Urban

Petr Urban (vice-director) defended his PhD thesis on Husserl’s early philosophy of language in 2008. His current work is devoted to contemporary phenomenological accounts of social cognition and to the developing dialogue between phenomenology and experimental sciences in this particular field. Most recently, he aims at an ethical interpretation of the phenomenological findings concerning intersubjectivity and he seeks to promote a discussion between phenomenology and the ethics of care in his subsequent work. Besides his research activities, he is engaged in translating seminal phenomenological works into Czech (including e.g. writings of Husserl and Stein).

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Benjamin Kaiser

Benjamin Kaiser

Benjamin Kaiser (vice-director) is a Ph.D. candidate and teaches courses at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague. From 2006 until 2014 he studied Philosophy, Czech Studies and Social Sciences in Prague, Leipzig and Berlin. His research interest includes Philosophical Anthropology, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Arts, Medias and Ethics. He published several papers and a monography, „Zeit und Leid. Zur Phänomenologie des ‚Es war‘ von Nietzsche bis Kundera“ (2016).

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James Mensch

James Mensch

James Mensch is Professor of Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities. His main areas of research are phenomenology and its contemporary applications. He has lectured widely both in America and Europe and serves on a number of editorial and research boards. Mensch is the author of ten books on phenomenology and its applications. His most recent books are Husserl’s Account of our Consciousness of Time (Marquette University Press, 2010) and Embodiments: From the Body to the Body Politic (Northwestern University Press, 2009). His book on Levinas is currently under review at Northwestern.

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Petr Kouba

Petr Kouba

Petr Kouba studied philosophy in Prague, Zürich, Pittsbourgh, and Lausanne. In 2005, he defended his PhD. thesis “Phenomenon of Mental Disorder. Perspectives of Heidegger’s Thought in Psychopathology” at the Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. Since 2006 he has been lecturing at the same department as an assistant professor. His courses are focused on philosophy of medicine, bioethics, biopolitics and philosophy of life. Since 2006 he has been also working as a researcher at the Philosophical Institute of the Czech Academy of Science. He has published one book (in Czech and in German), edited three collective monographs and written more than 20 articles.

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Alice Koubová

Alice Koubová

Alice Koubová works as a researcher in Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Her research is devoted to post-phenomenological approaches to the issue of invisible and their contact with the domain of non-philosophical in order to gain a deeply philosophical consequences of this enterprise. Life and its genesis up to the „expression“ is a key phenomenon in this investigation. Alice Koubová leads an international project Philosophy in Experiment. Her book Self-identity and Powerlessness is going to be published by Brill Publishing in 2013.

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Karel Kleisner

Karel Kleisner

Karel Kleisner is an assistant professor at Department of Philosophy and History of Science. His main interest focuses on evolution of semantic organs; evolutionary psychology, development of comparative concepts in biology, theoretical biology, biosemiotics, and philosophy and history of biology in general. He published 23 original papers, seven book chapters, 13 contributions in edited volumes, reviews, popular papers etc., and he is also an author of one co-authored and two edited books. Currently, Kleisner is an editorial board member of the international peer-reviewed journal Biosemiotics (Springer) and board member of the Governing Committee of the International Society of Biosemiotic Studies.

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Martin Nitsche

Martin Nitsche

Martin Nitsche is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He also works as the senior lecturer at the Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem. Nitsche received his PhD in philosophy from Charles University Prague in 2007, and his research focuses on phenomenological topology (Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty) and its consequencies for ecology (in the sense of oiko-logy). He studies the possibilities of naturalizing phenomenology by using formal models of mathematics and information sciences. He is interested in philosophy of art. Nitsche is the author of 2 books and more than 20 journal articles and chapters.

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Chistophe Perrin

Chistophe Perrin

Christophe Perrin is postdoctoral researcher of the Belgian National Funds for Scientific Research (FNRS) at the Catholic University of Louvain. After a PhD at Paris-Sorbonne University under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Luc Marion on the meanings of Descartes’ thought in Heidegger’s work, after fellowships from the Thiers Foundation (France), the European Commission (Belgium) and the France-Stanford Center (USA), he is still working in phenomenology and metaphysics. He was visiting scholar at Stanford University (spring-summer, 2015) and guest lecturer in Kyoto University and Aoyama Gakuin University (spring, 2016).

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Jana Švorcová

Jana Švorcová

Jana Švorcová studied both Philosophy (Faculty of Arts) and Theoretical and evolutionary biology (Faculty of Science) at Charles University in Prague. She submitted her PhD thesis called Organic memory in the embryonic development in 2012 on the Department of Philosophy and History of Sciences, at Faculty of Science. She is currently working on this department as a postdoctoral fellow. Her main interests in general are the epigenetic phenomena, selected topics from evolutionary and developmental biology such as the concept of phylotypic stage or developmental plasticity. Currently her research is also concerned with the philosophy of biology, focusing on 19th century biology and on the evaluation of relevancy of Lamarckian legacy in modern biology.

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Vít Pokorný

Vít Pokorný

Vít Pokorný is an external teaching assistant at the Univesity of J. E. Purkyně, Ústí nad Labem and a doctoral student at the Faculty of Humanities, Prague. He specializes in anthropology of consciousness, enactive cognitive science and phenomenology with international conference experiences. He participates in the „Corona Culturae“ project at UJEP Ústí nad Labem, and is a research colaborator in the GAČR grant application called „Precedence of Intertwinnig: methodology and application“.

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Annabelle Dufourcq

Annabelle Dufourcq

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Jan Bierhanzl

Jan Bierhanzl

Jan Bierhanzl is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of contemporary philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences and assistant professor of philosophy and french language at Charles University (Prague). His main research interests are contemporary French philosophy, Emmanuel Levinas, ethics of language, ethics and politics between phenomenology and structuralism (mainly Levinas and Foucault).

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Jaroslav Trnka

Jaroslav Trnka

Jaroslav Trnka is a biologist and philosopher. He finished his Ph.D. in 2011 with doctoral thesis Humanity and Animality between Heidegger and Derrida. His current interest concerns the themes of temporality (Heidegger), corporeality (Merleau-Ponty) and their possible connection with the thought of animality. He focuses on rethinking of the human-animal difference as an open and temporal one through the deeper investigation of intercorporeity and corporeal temporality. Besides the primary phenomenological perspective, he is attracted by the questions at the border between phenomenology and cognitive or life sciences.

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Eliška Luhanová

Eliška Luhanová

Eliška Luhanová is a post-graduate student at the Faculty of Science, Charles University at Prague, and at Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbnonne, her Ph.D. project being Phenomenological Conception of Space. The subject is focused mainly on the lived space and essential spatiality of living beings, including the issues concerning the differences between human and animal space and their relation to cosmological space (being in the world of the living organisms). Her approach proceeds mainly from the French phenomenology (M. Merleau-Ponty) and contemporary philosophy of life (H. Jonas, R. Barbaras), but takes its inspiration also in archaic Greek thinking of the physis.

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Petr Špecián

Petr Špecián

Petr Špecián is a Ph.D. candidate (since 2010) at the University of Economics at Prague working on dissertational thesis “Phenomenology and Economics” and an assistant at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University (since 2012). He specializes in the problematic of the phenomenology of the Life-world, particularly regarding the works of Alfred Schutz which are highly relevant for the methodology of modern economics. His project is to contribute to synthesis of phenomenological (esp. A. Schutz) and Austrian (esp. F. A. Hayek) perspective in the social sciences.

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Pavel Pecháček

Pavel Pecháček is a graduate student of Theoretical and evolutionary biology. His field of interest includes UV-reflectant patterns on butterfly wings, especially influence of environmental factors to variability of these patterns. He is also interested in the history of natural sciences, with special regard to Victorian and Edwardian Britain.

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Jan Puc

Jan Puc

Jan Puc is a Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. His specialization is phenomenology of corporeality, questions concerning human individuality and self-understanding and nature of creativity. He defended his Master thesis “To be oneself. A critique of Heidegger’s concept of authenticity” in 2009. He is also a co-editor of a book on Nietzsche, published 2011. Recently, he focuses his research on the creative dimension of human expressivity and mutual overlapping of philosophy and art.

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Jan Černý

Jan Černý

Jan Černý has M.A. degrees in Czech and Latin Philology and Protestant Theology. Currently, he is working on his doctoral thesis entitled Subjectivity in the material phenomenology of Michel Henry, supervised by Karel Novotný. His specialization is phenomenology, hermeneutics, political philosophy, protestant theology and post-war Czech literature. He teaches philosophy at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Protestant Theology and has worked at the Institute of Czech Literature, within the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

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Jan Toman

Jan Toman

Jan Toman is a beginning graduate student of Theoretical and evolutionary biology, under the supervision of J. Flegr. He pursues questions of evolutionary biology and its overlaps into border areas of biology. His main topics is evolution of sexuality, its importance in evolution, and the study of groups who are able to cope with the secondary loss of sexual processes. This leads him towards the enigma of evolutionary origin of eukaryotic cells, the role they play in global ecology and evolutionary differences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Macroevolution is another area of his interest.

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Patrick Flack

Patrick Flack is a post-doctoral researcher in Philosophy of Language and Intellectual History, with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe and a strong background in semiotics, literary theory, early phenomenology and the history of linguistics. His current project, “The Prague School at the Crossroads of Structuralism and Phenomenology”, is devoted to the history of structuralism during the interwar. He also is the managing director of sdvig press, an open access editorial platform dedicated to supporting the dissemination and linking of knowledge in the Humanities between Eastern, Central and Western Europe.

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Caterina Di Fazio

Caterina Di Fazio

Caterina Di Fazio is a PhD student at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and at Karlova Univerzita v Praze. She graduated at Università degli Studi di Bologna and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2013. She is also a research affiliate at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. The aim of her research is to show the intrinsic connection between phenomenology (Merleau-Ponty and Patočka) and political philosophy (Machiavelli and Hobbes). Her Ph.D. thesis is centered on both a Phenomenology of the Political Space and a Phenomenology of Movement.

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Kristina S. Montagová

Michaela Fišerová

Milena Fridmanová

Hynek Janoušek

Nonlocal Fellows

Dr. Suzi Adams (University of Adelaide)
Prof. Dr. Johann Arnason (Univerzita Karlova, Praha)
Dr. Helga Blaschek-Hahn (Goethe-Institut Prag)
Prof. Dr. Lester Embree (Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton)
Dr. Ludger Hagedorn (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Wien)
Terri Hennings PhD (Freiburg i. Br.)
Prof. Dr. James Mensch (University of Antigonish / Canada)
Dr. Cathrin Nielsen (Frankfurt am Main)
Dr. Christian Rabanus (Wiesbaden)
Dr. Michael Staudigl (Universität Wien)