The members of the research team pursue two types of research activities: besides their individual research projects (see the profiles of particular researchers) they are involved in a number of collective endeavours. The goal of these collective activities is to create a platform enabling (1) encounters and discussions in the larger community of ancient philosophy specialists in the Czech Republic, as well as (2) collaboration with foreign researchers on topics of shared interest.


The regular collective activities include the following seminars and workshops:

1. Series of monthly "work in progress" seminars in ancient philosophy allowing members of the research team and specialists from other institutions (universities or other research groups) to gain valuable and state of the art feedback on their work. (organised by V. Mikeš; list of presentations in 2014-20199).

2. Series of subject-specific workshops focused on Aristotle and his heritage (organised by K. Boháček; list of workshops)

3. Translation seminar focusing on Hellenistic philosophy (organised by V. Mikeš): a translation of selected fragments of the Stoics and Epicureans is currently underway. The translation is discussed in seminars attended by the members of the research team, university teachers and doctoral students.

4. Seminars on ancient philosophy (organised by M. Havrda under the auspices of the Fellowship of J. E. Purkyně). List of seminars.

For more information about collective research activities please contact Vladimir Mikes, PhD. (deputy-head for Ancient Philosophy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 00420/ 221 183 574)


Members of the group: 


Mgr. Kryštof Boháček, Ph.D.


Researcher in ancient Greek philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, sophists) with the focus on its literary, political and religious context (rhetoric, Homer, tragedy). He also investigates the role of Greek thought for German classical philosophy and the concept of European culture (Patočka). In 2009-2014 editor-in-chief of Aither. Teaches Ancient Greek, classical studies and German classical philosophy at University of West Bohemia, Pilsen (part-time). President of the Czech Society for the Study of Aristotle

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Mgr. Matyáš Havrda, Ph.D.


His main line of interest lies with epistemological issues in post-Hellenistic (Christian, medical, and Aristotelian) philosophy; he also does research on ancient ethics, psychology, and medical physiology. His present project deals with Galen and the reception history of Aristotle’s theory of proof. He is also involved in the Czech translation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean ethics.

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 Mgr. Vladimír Mikeš, Ph.D.


His current interests lie mainly in questions of Stoic metaphysics, physics and ethics, he centres also on the broader context of the philosophy of the Hellenistic period, with focus on trying to identify its starting points (Aristotle) and later resonances (Plotinus). His interests include also Presocratic philosophy and the philosophy of the Classical period (especially Heraclitus and Plato).

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 Doc. Václav Němec, Ph.D.


 Václav Němec has been employed as a researcher in the Department for the Study of Ancient and Medieval Thought since 2001. His research focuses on the reception and the reinterpretation of the Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy by the Neoplatonic authors, Church Fathers and medieval thinkers. In his commented translations and scholarly articles, Václav Němec deals with authors like Plotinus, Porphyry, Marius Victorinus, Augustine, Dionysius the Areopagite, Boethius, Avicenna or Thomas Aquinas.

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Doc. Tomáš Vítek, Dr.


Dr. Vítek has been involved in ancient Greek philosophy and religion and their blending and mutual relations. In philosophy he examines the outstanding persons of Pre-Socratics thinking (Empedocles, Heraclitus, Parmenides) and philosophical-religious movement (Orphism, Pythagoreanism), in religion he analyses structure, nature and background of various rituals, ideas and mythologemata (especially in area of divination). He follows the same themes in his lecture courses, which take place at various universities (currently in Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague).


prof. PhDr. Helena Kurzová, DrSc. - professor emeritus


She focuses mainly on the interpretation of the fragments of Presocratic philosophers and on the philosophical aspects of language typology.


Former members

Doc. PhDr. Milan Mráz, CSc.

Mgr. Pavel Hobza, Ph.D.

Mgr. Jaroslav Daneš, Ph.D.