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Christopher J. Voparil

Rorty and the democratic power of the novel

Moral progress depends upon hearing voices that say things never heard before, including claims about injustices that may not be perceived as such. Christopher Voparil explains the reasons for Richard Rorty's definition of the novel as "characteristic genre of democracy". [more]


Ladislav Kovac

Art in the final period

We express our understanding in concepts, but each of our concepts is an extreme simplification consisting of unrelated entities. The fact that we include them in one concept does not clarify our view of the world, but rather obscures it. This also applies to the concept of "art". [more]


Gábor Boros, Herman De Dijn, Moira Gatens, Syliane Malinowski-Charles, Warren Montag, Teodor Münz, Steven B. Smith

Spinoza and philosophers today

Celebrated by Marxist philosophers in the 1960s as a pioneer of the concept of ideology, Spinoza is today of renewed interest in philosophy and neurophysiology. In a round-table interview, leading experts discuss the 17th-century thinker's relevance today. [more]


Almantas Samalavicius

An amorphous society

Lithuania in the era of high post-communism

"High post-communism" in eastern Europe is defined by efforts to control collective memory, political discourse dominated by abstract concepts, and the cult of entertainment -- a view from Lithuania. [more]


Ivan Krastev

The populist moment

Unlike the extremist parties of the 1930s, the new populist movements do not aim to abolish democracy: quite the opposite, writes Ivan Krastev. What we are witnessing is a conflict between elites suspicious of democracy and increasingly illiberal publics. [more]


Svetoslav Malinov

Radical demophilia

Reflections on Bulgarian populism

Populism in Bulgaria feeds off two phenomena: a pure hatred of political parties and the constant emphasis in the public discourse on an alleged contrast between ordinary people and the political elite. [more]


Béla Egyed

"Why Nietzsche today"

Despite the major criticisms to be made of Nietzsche's philosophy, his writing on morality and politics continues to raise important issues, writes Bela Egyed in an introduction to a series of texts first published in Kritika&Kontext. [more]


Horst Hutter

Soul craft

On Nietzsche's teaching of self-overcoming

Nietzsche's writing on solitude and friendship belies the impression his philosophy preferred the ecstatic over the measured way of life. For Nietzsche, self-overcoming required both, writes Horst Hutter. [more]


György Tatar

The heaviest burden

Nietzsche and the death of God

Nietzsche's response to having lost faith, but not being able to live without it, was to invent the figure of a new creator -- someone who could bring together Man and World once again. In order to do this, man had to begin to think through his own existence: the heaviest burden of all. [more]


Alan D. Schrift

Questioning authority

Nietzsche's gift to Derrida

Nietzsche's deconstruction of authoritarian subjectivity shares much with Derrida's postmodern critique of the subject as privileged centre of discourse. Alan D. Schrift discusses Derrida's Nietzschean refusal to "hypostatize the subject". [more]


Béla Egyed

Nietzsche's anti-democratic liberalism

A Nietzschean politics is less a critique of political events so much as a diagnosis of the forces and tendencies driving them -- and therein lies its liberalism, writes Béla Egyed. [more]


Peter Bergmann, Teodor Münz, Frantisek Novosád, Paul Patton, Richard Rorty, Jan Sokol, Leslie Paul Thiele

What does Nietzsche mean to philosophers today?

Excessively sensitive, anti-liberal, and irrelevant, or radical, prescient, and misunderstood? Six philosophers answer Kritika&Kontext's questions on Nietzsche. Their responses make one thing clear: Nietzsche still divides opinion. [more]


Egon Gál

On the mystery of human consciousness

Philosophers and natural scientists regularly dismiss consciousness as an irrelevant subject of enquiry. However, even they agree that consciousness is less a problem than a mystery. One way into the mystery is through an understanding of autism. [more]


Samuel Abrahám

Richard Rorty

Editorial for "Kritika & Kontext" 34 (2007)

"A true sceptic remains silent in depression, a cynic laughs with Schadenfreude, while Rorty pleads with us before it is too late – sadly, after 8 June, only through his texts", writes editor Samuel Abrahám in an issue of Kritika & Kontext dedicated to "our intellectual mentor". [more]


Béla Egyed

"We anti-foundationalists"

In Richard Rorty's article "Democracy and philosophy", he argued that moral insight is "not a product of rational reflection but a matter of imagining a better future, and observing the results of attempts to bring that future into existence." For Bela Egyed, this constitutes cultural and historical relativism and an abdication of critical rationality. [more]


Richard Rorty

A rejoinder to Béla Egyed

Richard Rorty defends the charge of abdicating objectivity and critical rationality in his essay "Democracy and philosophy". In a rejoinder written in March 2007, Rorty writes that being rational has nothing to do with the attempt to reduce moral disagreements to clashes between abstract principles. [more]


Richard Rorty

Democracy and philosophy

Moral insight "is a matter of imagining a better future, and observing the results of attempts to bring that future into existence". In "Kritika&Kontext", Richard Rorty (1931-2007) outlines the anti-foundationalist premise of his philosophy. [more]


George Blecher

Dirty secrets of a translator

"No translator can translate every author equally well. The problem is that you don't know whom you can and can't translate until you try, and by then it's too late." George Blecher divulges the translator's dirty secrets... [more]


Erica Johnson Debeljak

Gained in translation

What is the translator's job? To bring the text to the reader or the reader to the text? And either way, do translators receive the credit they deserve? [more]


António Sousa Ribeiro

The reason of borders or a border reason?

Translation as a metaphor for our times

How does translation affect and change our notions of multiculturalism and cultural identity? [more]


Samuel Abrahám, Béla Egyed, Egon Gál, John Hall, Russel Jacoby, Richard Rorty

The dull decencies of normality

A debate on the contemporary uses of liberalism

Will utopian promises gain sway over the "dull decencies of normality" offered by liberalism in the coming century? Why is it that liberalism's most vehement critics come from within its charmed circle? And how will liberalism and its institutions respond to global social and economic change? Leading Canadian and American political philosophers in correspondence with Slovakian journal Kritika & Kontext. [more]


Samuel Abrahám

Public disagreement: The greatest contribution of liberal politics

Can liberalism work in Slovakia? A look at what liberalism truly means and the benefits of liberal politics -- most importantly, the right to disagree. [more]


Samuel Abrahám

Bush, Putin and a shining example of Slovakia

The Bush-Putin summit in Bratislava could make one think that Slovakia is a country without spirit and influence. However, that is not the whole truth. [more]


Samuel Abrahám, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Miroslav Marcelli

The architecture of the European city

How will the great European cities - London, Paris and Vienna develop in the future, both in a political and in an architectural sense? The Serbian architect Bogdanovic argues that Europe must preserve the civilization of its cities, whilst preventing them from turning into megapolitan cities. [more]


Jacques Le Goff, Josef Tancer

The history of innovation and revolt

An Interview with Jacques Le Goff

What historians fight over. [more]


Samuel Abrahám, Norbert Brazda, Egon Gál, Eugen Gindl, Frantisek Novosád, Peter Zajac

Media, third sector and intellectuals in Slovakia

What are the chances for self-correcting mechanisms in Slovakia's media- and party politics? [more]


Martin M. Simecka

Havel's paradox comes to an end

Martin M Simecka talks to the power brokers of the NATO-summit in Prague. [more]


Fero Sebej

Europe's Dilemma

An essay on freedom and its relationship to legitimacy

What the European Union must do to stand up to its legitimacy deficit. [more]


George Blecher

Notes from the Rubble

To describe as "conflicted" the political feelings of Americans these days is to make an almost comic understatement: everybody thinks everything simultaneously, writes George Blecher as he reflects on the atmosphere in the US after September 11th. [more]


Samuel Abrahám, Richard Rorty

Without illusion, but with conviction

The pragmatism of Richard Rorty

"The goal of establishing a world federation, a 'Parliament of Mankind', seemed much more realistic fifty years ago than it does now. Then it was thought that the United Nations might evolve into something like a world government. Now nobody has this dream, even though the need for such a government has grown much more urgent", says Richard Rorty in this 1999 interview. [more]



Articles published in the partner section

Samuel Abrahám

Pavel Licko: The first political prisoner after 1968

Editorial for "Kritika & Kontext" 45-46 (2014)



Milan Kundera

I see only his figure and face



Samuel Abrahám

Spitzer still offers dialogue today

The introduction to an issue of "Kitika & Kontext" dedicated to the Slovak writer, poet and dissident Juraj Spitzer (1919-1995). [more]


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The poet D. Šimko / Populism



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Spanning the turn of the century

Ten years of "Kritika & Kontext"




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The politics of privacy
The Snowden leaks and the ensuing NSA scandal made the whole world debate privacy and data protection. Now the discussion has entered a new phase - and it's all about policy. A focal point on the politics of privacy: claiming a European value. [more]

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The fate of migrants attempting to enter Fortress Europe has triggered a new European debate on laws, borders and human rights. A focal point featuring reportage alongside articles on policy and memory. With contributions by Fabrizio Gatti, Seyla Benhabib and Alessandro Leogrande. [more]

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In the two decades after the end of the Cold War, intellectual interaction between Russia and Europe has intensified. It has not, however, prompted a common conversation. The focal point "Russia in global dialogue" seeks to fuel debate on democracy, society and the legacy of empire. [more]

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Greek bailout referendum, Euro Summit, Germope
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Jürgen Habermas, Michaël Foessel
Critique and communication: Philosophy's missions
Decades after first encountering Anglo-Saxon perspectives on democracy in occupied postwar Germany, Jürgen Habermas still stands by his commitment to a critical social theory that advances the cause of human emancipation. This follows a lifetime of philosophical dialogue. [more]

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Karl Ove Knausgĺrd
Out to where storytelling does not reach
To write is to write one's way through the preconceived and into the world on the other side, to see the world as children can, as fantastic or terrifying, but always rich and wide-open. Karl Ove Knausgĺrd on creating literature. [more]

Jonathan Bousfield
Growing up in Kundera's Central Europe
Jonathan Bousfield talks to three award-winning novelists who spent their formative years in a Central Europe that Milan Kundera once described as the kidnapped West. It transpires that small nations may still be the bearers of important truths. [more]

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