Thein Karel

Czech philosopher and political journalist. In the late 1980s he graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University and from 1987 worked in the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences. In 1995 he passed his PhD thesis at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, under the leadership of Jacques Derrida. Since mid-1990s he has worked in the Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies of Charles University. For three years now he has been in charge of the Institute. His professional interest mostly focuses on Heidegger’s and Husserl’s phenomenology, ancient philosophy and issues of historicity. He published numerous specialized essays in Czech, French and German. They include Le lien intraitable. Enquete sur le temps dans la République et le Timée de Platon (Paris: Vrin 2001), "La décision de l'analogie. Remarque sur Derrida, lecteur de Platon" (Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 3, 1998) and Vynález věcí. O Platónově hypotéze idejí (Invention of Things. On Plato’s Hypothesis of Ideas) (Prague: Filosofia 2008). His interests also include film reflection. A collection of his essays and critiques was published under the name Rychlost a slzy (Speed and Tears) (Prague: Prostor 2002).