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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.

Jan Patočka Memorial Medal for Hans Rainer Sepp

On May 5th, 2022 Hans Rainer Sepp received the Jan Patočka Memorial Medal of the Czech Academy of Sciences for his long-term contribution to the development of research in the field of philosophy.

The Jan Patočka Memorial Medal is awarded by the Czech Academy of Sciences to both Czech and foreign scholars who have significantly […]

Faces of nature: phenomenology and ecology

Workshop Organized by the research project “Face of Nature in Contemporary French Phenomenology” (GAP 21-22224S) at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy, Department of Contemporary Continental Philosophy

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Neuere Forschungen zu Fink

Internationales Forschungskolloquium 12.–13. November 2021 Villa Lanna, Prag


Das erste Kolloquium zur Oikologie

Unter dem Titel “Haushaltungen. Erprobungen des oikologischen Denkens” fand am 30. September und am 1. Oktober 2021 im neuen Gebäude der Fakultät für Humanwissenschaften in Prag-Libeň das erste Kolloquium zur Oikologie statt, das künftig regelmäßig veranstaltet wird. Online zugeschaltet waren Teilnehmende aus Russland, Südamerika und Afrika.


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The “Face of Nature” in Contemporary French Phenomenology

Grant project “The “Face of Nature” in Contemporary French Phenomenology. The Challenges of a New Meta-Ethics and Ecology” (GAP 21-22224S).

July 2021 – June 2024

Husserl’s diagnose of the crisis of man becomes eminently actual once we understand it as the crisis both of man and of nature. For modern science has achieved such […]

Research Project: Eugen Fink and French Phenomenology

From 2021 to 2023, the SIF is conducting a three-year research project on Eugen Fink and French phenomenology in cooperation with the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, which is bilaterally funded by the DFG and GAČR. Cathrin Nielsen, Alessio Rotundo and Alexander Schnell are participating at Bergische Universität Wuppertal and Lutz Niemann, Karel Novotny and Hans Rainer […]

Leib und Literatur

Leib und Literatur – philosophische Perspektiven

eine Konferenz in Kiel 15.-16.6.2019

Programm der Tagung

Husserl-Lecture Award for H. R. Sepp

The German Society for phenomenological Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für phänomenologische Forschung) awarded prof. Hans Rainer Sepp by inviting him to deliver the Husserl-Lecture at the Husserl working days (Husserl-Arbeitstage) in Cologne, October 18th, 2018.

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Central-European Institute of Philosophy. Presentation

Academic Conference Center Prague Husova 4a, Prague 1

Tuesday June 28th 2016, 2 pm

Introduction by Karel Novotný, director of the Central-European Institute of Philosophy: the idea of the Institute, its historical inspiration, international activities – Erasmus Master Mundus study program on “German and French Philosophies in Europe” at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University […]

Karel Novotný received the Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Karel Novotný, philosopher and eminent specialist in phenomenology, received the Ordre des Palmes Académiques on 31 march 2015.

On behalf of the French Minister of National Education, Mr. Jean-Pierre Asvazadourian, ambassador of France in the Czech Republic, awarded the insignia of the chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques to Mr Karel Novotný to honour his […]