We Cultivate Dialogue
The word dialogue comes from the Greek dialogos – dia meaning ‘through’ and logos meaning ‘word’. It is related to the verb dialegesthai meaning ‘ponder’ or ‘talk’. The original meaning of dialogue was a philosophical conversation between two or more people, aimed at finding the truth.
Dialogue is, as a philosophical concept (techne dialektike), a way of thinking in which the thinking subject gradually realizes all the parts of the complex process of logically inferring connections.
We use dialogue as a means of understanding
Many ancient philosophers wrote their works in the form of a debate. Even then, dialogue was considered one of the basic means for the development of critical thinking. We also realize the importance of dialogue in education and when learning about the world. For this reason, we encourage dialogue among teachers and students across academic disciplines, educational and scientific institutions, and theory and practice. We believe that a real dialogue based on knowledge and mutual respect cultivates public and individual spaces on every level, whether it is a city, region, state, or the European community.
We are open to the world
We develop education and research in an international context. We are constantly expanding the number of subjects taught in English and other languages. Every year, more and more students and teachers travel abroad and the number of foreign students and academics in our workplaces is also increasing. We are involved in international research projects and we collaborate with partners from the government and from the commercial and non-profit sectors.
“We define the faculty primarily as a place for the scientific exchange of information, a place where from the spectrum of specialized humanities disciplines arises a relatively coherent interpretation of cultural and social development.”Lukáš Fasora and Jiří Hanuš, Authors of the publication ‘Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University: Views of History and the Present’