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Erazim Kohák

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Erazim Kohák born 21 May 1933 in Prague is a Czech philosopher and writer His early education was in Prague After communists took over Czechoslovakia in 1948, his family escaped to the United States


  • 1 Academic life
  • 2 Other activities
  • 3 Bibliography
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Academic lifeedit

Erazim Kohák studied at Colgate University, earning a BA in 1954 He then studied philosophy, theology and religious studies at Yale University MA in 1957, PhD in 1958 He also worked at Gustavus Adolphus College and Boston University Professor in 1977 After the Velvet revolution in 1989, he returned to Czechoslovakia to become a professor at Charles University in Prague Since 2006, he has been a senior research fellow in the Centre of Global Studies in the Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague

Other activitiesedit

He is supporting several non-governmental ecological organizations and is member of Honorary board of Děti Země Children of the Earth and Společnost pro trvale udržitelný život Society for Sustainable Living


  • Na vlastní kůži The Time at Firsthand With Heda Kovály Toronto, 68 Publishers, 1973
    A dialogue about Communism and democracy with the widow of a prominent Communist executed in the Slánský trial in Czech
  • The Victors and the Vanquished With Heda Kovály New York, Horizon Press, 1973
    An English mutation of the above, rewritten for Western reader in English
  • Národ v nás The nation we bear within Toronto, 68 Publishers, 1978
    An examination of the meaning, if any, of Czech and Czechoslovak national identity against the background of the Communist “normalization“ in Czech
  • Idea and Experience: Husserl‘s Project of Phenomenology in Ideen I Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1978, 1982
    An interpretation of Husserl‘s phenomenology stressing its critical and realistic thrust in English
  • The Embers and the Stars: Philosophical Inquiry into the Moral Sense of Nature Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1984, 1987
    A philosophical essay based on life in a forest clearing, focusing on ecophenomenology in English
  • Krize rozumu a přirozený svět The Crisis of Reason and the Natural World
    Smuggled into Czechoslovakia and 'published' there as samizdat in Václav Havel‘s series Edice Expedice, an examination of Jan Patočka‘s earlier writings in Czech
  • Jan Patočka: His Thought and Writings Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1989
    A philosophical biography of Jan Patočka supplemented by translations of selected writings in English
  • Dopisy přes oceán, aneb Čertování s Míšou Letters across the ocean Praha, State Pedagogical Publishers, 1992
    A collection of twenty quarter-hour philosophical reflections broadcast by Radio Free Europe in 1980-83 in Czech
  • Jan Patočka: filosofický životopis Jan Patočka, a philosophical life Praha, Nakladatelství H+H, 1993
    Josef Moural‘s translation of the first part of Jan Patočka: His Thought and Writings in Czech
  • PS Psové Dogs: an afterthought Praha, Nakladatelství ISV, 1993, 1996, 2001
    A collection of fifteen quarter-hour philosophical reflections broadcast by Czechoslovak Radio in 1992 in Czech
  • Pražské přednášky: Život v pravdě a postmoderní skepse Prague lectures: Life in truth and postmodern scepticism Praha, Ježek, 1992, 1994, 1999
    Lectures at Charles University, given without warning upon my return in 1990, examining various modes of scepticism and responses to it in Czech
  • Člověk, dobro a zlo Of humans, good and evil Praha, Ježek, 1993, 1999
    Lectures in examining various conceptions of good and evil, concluding with ecological conception as fundamental in our time Much needed rewriting in progress in Czech
  • Hesla Erazima Koháka EK‘s short answersPraha, Nakladatelství Pokorný, 1993
    A collection of columns presenting philosophy in short answers to young people in Czech
  • Průvodce po demokracii A Guide through Democracy Praha, Sociologické nakladatelství, 1997, 1994, 1999
    A repeatedly reprinted beginner‘s introduction to the philosophy and practice of democracy, based on the conception of TGMasaryk, also tr into Bulgarian in Czech
  • Pravda a pestrost Truth and Variety Praha, Zdeněk Susa, 1997
    An essay pamphlet on the relation of life in truth and life in freedom in Czech
  • Zelená svatozář: kapitoly z ekologické etiky The Green Halo: Chapters from Environmental Ethics
    Praha, Sociologické nakladatelství, 1998, 1999, 2002
    A broadly based introduction to problems and alternatives in environmental ethics in Czech
  • Hesla mladých svišťů Prairie Dog Homilies Praha, Kalich, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004
    A light-hearted catechism for young people, widely used in both Protestant and Catholic churches in Czech
  • The Green Halo: Bird‘s Eye View of Ecological Ethics Chicago, Open Court, 2000
    An English mutation of Zelená svatozář, rewritten for western readers in English
  • Erazim Kohák: Poutník po hvězdách EK, pilgrim among the stars With R Šantora and J Zajíc Praha: Portál, 2001
    Conversations about philosophy and theology in an autobiographical frame in Czech
  • Orbis bene vivendi World of Welfare Praha, Junák, 2001
    A collection of journal articles dealing with philosophy and ethics in Czech
  • Dary noci Gifts of the Night Praha, Bonaventura, 2003
    A bibliophile edition of themes from ¨The Embers and the Stars revised and rewritten in Czech in Czech
  • Zorným úhlem filosofa From a Philosopher‘s Perspective Ed Marie Skýbová Praha, Ježek, 2004
    A selection of journal articles on philosophy, theology, ecology and public affairs in Czech
  • Svoboda, svědomí, soužití: kapitoly z mezilidské etiky Freedom, conscience, coexistence: lectures in human ethics Praha, Sociologické nakladatelství, 2004
    A systematic examination of philosophical options in the ethics of interhuman dealings in Czech


Kohak has said in 2007 for BBC: "We have nothing to fear from a Russia in the ascendant,"1


  1. ^ BBC NEWS | Programmes | From Our Own Correspondent | Russia's hold on eastern Europe

External linksedit

  • Prof Erazim Kohák, PhD - biography, bibliography in English
  • Erazim Kohák - about his life and work in Czech

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