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Krzysztof Michalski

Date and place of birth: 1948, Warsaw, Poland

Living place: Wien, Austria

Theme: philosophy

ECC Participation: Congress Council

Krzysztof Michalski is a philosopher and the rector of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He has established this Institute in the early 80., thinking of common projects to be co-realized by scholars and students from the Eastern and Western Europe. Nowadays it is a renowned research centre which combines studies in the field of the humanities, sociology and political science. The position of the President of the Institute was for many years held by the philosopher’s friend, Rev. Prof. Józef Tischner.

„In the Polish tradition, Catholicism often went hand in hand with a dash of anticlericalism. Now it would be good to have more than just a dash of that anticlericalism.”

Michalski is a disciple of Leszek Kołakowski and Jan Patočka, the precursor of Czech phenomenology. He specializes in German philosophy of the nineteenth and twentieth century (Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer). One of the problems he takes up in his investigations is broadly understood time, the idea of eternity and human finiteness. He also comments on the Church, giving some thought to its place in the contemporary world.

From 1986 Krzystof Michalski has been the Professor at Boston University, and from 1994 – the Professor at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences at the Warsaw University. He serves on a jury of the Hannah Arendt Prize that is awarded for reformative educational programs in the Eastern Europe; he also is a member of the Governing Council of the Stefan Batory Foundation.
Krzystof Michalski is the author of “Heidegger i filozofia współczesna” (1978), “Logic and Time: An Essay on Husserl’s Theory of Meaning” (1988), “Eternity’s Flame” (2007), the editor of a series of volumes „Rozmowy w Castel Gandolfo” (a record of John Paul II meetings with eminent thinkers), and the translator of Heidegger’s and Gadamer’s works.