DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
Faculty of Arts
Arne Nováka 1, 660 88 Bmo, Czech Republic
Arne Nováka 1, 660 88 Brno
Phone (420-5) 41321258 Fax (42-5) 41 12 14 06
The Programme of Study
Head of the Department
Doc. PhDr. Jan Zouhar, CSc.
Prof. PhDr. Petr Horák, CSc.
Prof. PhDr. Ing. Josef Šmajs, CSc (Text of book Culture against Nature.)
Prof PhDr. Jaroslav Hroch, CSc.
em. Prof. PhDr. Pavel Materna, CSc.
Doc. PhDr. Ivana Holzbachová, CSc.
Doc. Dr. Břetislav Horyna
Doc. PhDr. Josef Krob, CSc.
dr. et PhDr. Radim Brázda.
Mgr. Josef Petrželka, Dr.
PhDr. Helena Pavlincová
Doc. PhDr. Jiří Gabriel, CSc.
Doc. PhDr. Karel Hlavoň, CSc.
Head: Prof. Jan Zouhar
Department of Philosophy concentrates to the complex programme of Philosophy studies
which leads in undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programmes to the Bachelor´s,
Master´s and Ph.D. degree in Philosophy with the special regard to History of Philosophy,
Contemporary Philosophy, Ontology, Ethics, Logic and to Philosophy of History and Social
In research activity the Department is oriented to Evolutionary Ontology and
Ecophilosophy (Prof. J. Šmajs), Social Philosophy and Philosophy of History (Prof. P.
Horák, Assoc. Prof. I. Holzbachová), Philosophy of Science (Assoc. Prof. I.
Holzbachová), Czech Philosophy in 19th and 20th Century and
Philosophical Personality of T. G. Masaryk (Prof. J. Zouhar, Dr. H. Pavlincová),
Philosophy of Language, Post-Analytical Philosophy and Philosophical Hermeneutics (Prof.
J. Hroch), Contemporary British, American and Canadian Philosophy (Prof. J. Hroch), Modern
and Contemporary German Philosophy (Prof. B. Horyna), Ontology, Epistemology and
Philosophical Aspects of Cosmology (Assoc. Prof. J. Krob), Contemporary French Philosophy
(Prof. P. Horák, Assoc. Prof. J. Krob), Logic, Logical Semantics of Ordinary Language and
Theory of Concepts (Prof. P. Materna), Contemporary and Comparative Ethics (Assist. Prof.
R. Brázda) and History of Classical Philosophy (Assist. Prof. J. Petrželka).
dr. et PhDr. Radim Brázda.
Doc. PhDr. Ivana Holzbachová, CSc. (1946)
Graduated from Masaryk University in philosophy and history. She has focused on the
philosophy of history and on the philosophical problems of science, above all in the
connections with the relation between natural sciences and humanities, especially
historiography. She reads lectures also in the History of Philosophy and the History of
Social Theories. Monographs: "Člověk a dějiny" [Man and History], Brno, UJEP
1981, 104 pp., "Společnost-dějiny-struktura. Historický materialismus a škola
Annales" [Society-History-Structure. Historical Materialism and the French School of
Annales], Prague, Academia 1988, 147 pp. Further 41 studies in journals and memorial
volumes, especially in Filosofický časopis [Philosophical Journal], Československý
časopis historický [Czechoslovak Historical Journal], Filozofia /Slovakia/, Universitas,
Sborník prací filosofické fakulty brněnské univerzity [The Memorial VoIume of the
Works of the Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University] (further SPFFMU).
Prof. PhDr. Petr Horák, CSc. (1935)
Graduated from Faculty of Arts MU, post-graduate studies of philosophy at the Institute of
the Philosophy of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (FÚ ČSAV) and in Strasbourg. He
was the member of FÚ ČSAV in Prague, since 1990 he is editor-in-chief of Filosofický
časopis (Philosophical Journal). Since 1990 Associate Professor of the Faculty of Arts
MU, full Professor at the same place since 1993. He is the author of several book
monographs, many journal studies and translations of philosophical texts. He contributes
to the revue Bibliographie de la Philosophie (Paris) and collaborates with Institute
International de Philosophie (Paris), Maison de Sciences de l' Homme and Ecole des Hautes
Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
Selected Bibliography: "Studie z dějin historického pozitivismu" [Studies from
the History of Historical Positivism], Prague, ČSAV 1971, "Struktura a dějiny. Ke
kritice strukturalismu ve Francii" [Structure and History. To the Critique of
Structuralism in France], Prague, Academia 1982, "Svět Blaise Pascala" [The
World of Blaise Pascal], Prague, Vyšehrad 1985. Translations of philosophical works (B.
Pascal, M. Foucault, E. Cassirer, F. Furet).
Doc. PhDr. Jaroslav Hroch, CSc. (1947)
Graduated from MU in Czech and English studies and from Charles University (Prague) in
philosophy. Awarded IREX grant for U.S. National Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities
(University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), academic visit in Cambridge. He is interested
mainly in philosophical hermeneutics, post-analytical philosophy, ethics and reads also
lectures in the history of modern philosophy and the Philosophy of Language. Author of the
monograph "Praxe a tradice. Kritika filosofické hermeneutiky H.-G. Gadamera"
[Practice and Tradition. The Critique of Philosophical Hermeneutics of H .-G. Gadamer],
Prague, Academia 1989. Articles and studies in book publications, journals and memorial
volumes (Filosofický časopis, Kriterion [Austria] etc.).
Hermeneutics and Methodology of Humanities, 1 semester,
colloquium Content: The beginnings of hermeneutical
thought: Ancient Philosophy. Heraclitus and the Deep
Hermeneutics and the tradition of common
sense: A.A.C.Shaftesbury. Hermeneutics and methodology of humanities
in 19 th century: F.D.E. Schleiermacher, J.G. Droysen, W. Dilthey.
Hermeneutics and methodology of humanities in 20th
century: Phenomenology and philosophical
hermeneutics (E.Husserl), M. Heidegger, H.-G.
Gadamer, J. Habermas, P. Ricoeur.
New Perspectives of Hermeneutics: theory
of archetypes and symbols, analytical psychology and philosophical hermeneutics.
Doc. PhDr. Josef Krob, CSc. (1956)
Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy. Graduated from Faculty of Arts (MU)
in philosophy and history. He is interested in ontology, epistemology and the philosophy
of natural sciences (physics, cosmology). In this discipline especially concentrated on
the problems of anthropocentrism - subject and object in knowledge and modern physics, the
anthropic principle in cosmology. Except other studies he is the author of "Úvod do
ontologie" [Introduction to Ontology], Šmajs, Krob, 1994, "Antropocentrismus v
dějinách a současnosti kosmologie" [Anthropocentrism in History and Presence of
Cosmology], Filosofický časopis č. 5, 1993.
Prof. PhDr. Pavel Materna, CSc.
Specialization: Logic, especially intensional Iogic, semantics, logical analysis of
natural language. Main theme of the present work: new logical theory of concepts.
Orientation: transparent intensional logic (P. Tichý). At present time the monograph
(along with K. Pala a J. Zlatuška) "Logická analýza přirozeného jazyka"
[Logical Analysis of Natural Language], Prague, Academia 1989 and in publication "The
World of Concepts and Logic", Prague, Filosofia 1995. Many articles in international
journals (The Journal of Symbolic Logic, Linguistics and Philosophy, Theory and Decision,
Synthese, Studia Logica). The works in book publications: "Kritische
Auseinandersetzung mit der Fregeschen Kategorie des Sinnes": II. Frege Konferenz,
Schwerin 1984; "Linguistic Constructions" in the Transparent Intensional Logic;
Buszkowski, Marciszewski, J. van Bentham /eds./ "Categorial Grammar", J.
Benjamins P.C. 1988; (along with P. Kolář) "On the Nature of Facts": W.
Stelzner, Hsg.: Philosophie und Logik, Frege - Kolloquien, Jena 1989/1991 (de Gruyter
PhDr. Helena Pavlincová (1948)
Graduated in philosophy and Czech studies at the Faculty of Arts MU. Since 1990 the
Research assistant in the Institute of Religious Studies, where she ectures the history of
Christianity and edits the journal Religio. Since 1995 the Researcher of the Section for
T. G. Masaryk Studies at the Department of Philosophy, carrying out research in critical
edition of Masaryk publications. Engaged in the history of Czech philosophy in 20th
century (she has prepared for publication the bibliography of the Dominican journal
Filosofická revue [Philosophical Revue], Prague 1994 and she has participated as author
and editor in Czech Philosophy in XXth Century, Brno 1995, also publications in memorial
volumes). She edited the dictionary Judaismus — křesťanství — islám [Judaism —
Christianity — Islam], Mladá fronta, Prague 1994 and series of memorial volumes in
Mgr. Josef Petrželka, Dr.
Prof. PhDr. Ing. Josef Šmajs, CSc. (1938)
Graduated from Military Academy (Brno) in mechanical engineering and from Faculty of Arts
MU in philosophy. He reads lectures in ontology, epistemology and the problematics of
relation between nature and culture. He concentrates on the problems of evolutionary
ontology, philosophy of science and technique and on ecophilosophy. Besides others he is
co-author and editor of the work "Příroda a kultura" [Science and Culture],
Praha 1990 and the author of the books "Kultura proti přírodě" [Culture
Against Nature], Brno 1994, "Ohrožená kultura" [Endangered Culture], Brno
1995. He worked out and prepared to print the monograph "Evoluční ontologie"
Doc. PhDr. Jan Zouhar, CSc. (1949)
Graduated from Faculty of Arts MU in philosophy and Czech studies (1973). Assistant
Professor (since 1988), Associate Professor (since October 1989) at the Department of
Philosophy, Faculty of Arts MU. He was interested in the relation between culture and
religion "Ideové vztahy katolicismu a soudobé kultury" [Philosophic Aspects of
Relation between Contemporary Catholicism and CuIture], Prague 1988, he concentrates also
to the history of Czech thought and culture co-author of "Česká filozofie ve 20.
století" [Czech Philosophy in XXth Century], 1995, "The Chapters From the
History of Czech Philosophy in 20th Century", 1992, Kniha o Čapkovi [Book on
Čapek], 1988 etc.). He reads lectures in Social Philosophy and in the History of Czech
and Russian Philosophy.
Mgr. Jiří Raclavský, Ph.D.
Graduated in philosophy and musicology at the Faculty of Arts MU (also a bachelor in musical composition gratuated at Janáček Academy of Music Arts); Ph.D. thesis on notional attitudes logic was vindicated there too.
Among scientific interests are:
- hyperintensional logic (transparent intensional logic of Pavel Tichý)
- principles of logical analysis of natural language
- notional attitude logic
- basic ontological concepts of analytical philosophy (individuals, identity, existence, properties, possible worlds, facts ...)
- basic epistemological concepts (such as paradoxes, circularity, truth, ...)
- semantics of singular terms, esp. proper names
For his availiable omn these topics articles see this link
Department of Philosophy provides University education of Philosophy in so called
"two combinations studies" which means the graduates are provided with double
qualification. The branch of Philosophy can be enrolled in combination with any other
discipline studied at the Faculty of Arts, if need be at the other faculties of MU.
Graduation in the discipline of Philosophy entitles the graduates to the performance of
special and also pedagogical profession.
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