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Sokol, Kroupa, Palouš: Philosophy and Václav Havel

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  • 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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A Word about Words – samizdat essay

„Besides, to be wary of words and of the horrors that might slumber inconspicuously within them – isn’t this, after all, the true vocation of the intellectual? I recall that André Glucksmann once spoke in Prague about the need for intellectuals to emulate Cassandra: to listen carefully to the words of the powerful, to be watchful of them, to forewarn them of their danger, and to proclaim their dire implications or the evil they might invoke.“

Václav Havel:
A Word about Words – samizdat essay, July 25, 1989

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