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Sokol, Kroupa, Palouš: Philosophy and Václav Havel

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: October 5, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

The debate will take place on what would have been Václav Havel’s 81st birthday. It is more than fitting, therefore, to focus on his philosophy and philosophical works. Jan Sokol, Daniel Kroupa and Martin Palouš have accepted invitations to the discourse.

Which philosophical questions most interested Havel? Where is his legacy seen today? What was the so-called Kampademie, and who were its members? Whom did Václav base himself on, whom was he most inspired by, and whom does he inspire today? What is the invited guests’ relationship to Václav’s philosophy? How did the dissent and communism influence him and them?


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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„So-called contradictions between different schools of thought do not bother me in the least, and it doesn’t seem at all perverse to conduct oneself quite “situationally” in that regard. If a certain term, or terminology or theory seems apt in a given situation or context, I have no compunctions whatsoever about exploiting it to the full ( and I don’t mind if it makes me seem like an epigone). At the same time, however, I don’t feel the least bit bound by any “allegiance”.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, May 1, 1981

The unbearable lightness of evilVáclav Havel’s Prague