Studia Philosophica

Volume 57, Issue 1, 2010

Ve službě filosofii Na počest Jiřího Gabriela: In Service of Philosophy. In Honor of Jiří Gabriel

Miloš Dokulil
Pages 27-34

A Live Source of the “Czech Philosophical Reflection”?

This contribution tries to show that it is not easy to present something as a “philosophical dimension”, to say nothing about its “national specificity”. For the young, philosophy seems to be like a “serpent from the Paradise”. The author remembers the late 1940s at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University and, in three short chapters (3–5), concisely annotates the following decennia in the field. The last third of the 20th century can be characterized as a steep increase in scientific knowledge where the majority of ontological and epistemological questions were better answered scientifically than it had been the case with philosophy of all the preceding periods. It may be a contemporary problem to find something like a “key” (not only a “cue”) for one’s own life, something what has been called “wisdom”, or a “guide in life”. The miracle of life started a rather long time before the so-called Phanerozoicum. Mere speculations about life and the meaning of the Universe do not lead anywhere as such. On the other hand, ethics and the analysis of language can still be useful as “philosophy”. The Czech intellectual tradition has always conserved a deep interest in an interpretation of the social and cultural reality of the country. The Department of Philosophy at the Masaryk University has seen it as an exhortation to evaluate this trend for more than half a century. Philosophically, is it enough?