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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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