Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Dr Ivan Landa

Fellow Ivan Landa

January - December 2016

Ivan Landa received his PhD in Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, in Prague, where he completed his dissertation on Method and Subjectivity in Hegel's Science of Logic in 2010. From 2006 until 2014 he held different teaching appointments at Technical University in Liberec, University of Pardubice, and Charles University in Prague. Since 2009, he worked as a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences. In 2013, he became a member of the Department for the Study of Modern Czech Philosophy, where he is working mainly on the history of East Central European Marxist philosophy and on continuities and discontinuities between Marxist and dissident thought. He is interested in contemporary debates within the philosophy of action, social ontology, and philosophical anthropology.

Research project at the Kolleg

The project focuses on "phenomenological Marxism" in East Central Europe after 1945, and in particular, in former Czechoslovakia where phenomenology established a common ground between Marxists, non-Marxists and later for dissidents. It examines the theoretical and practical motivations underlying the many attempts to combine Marxism with phenomenology and further examines the effects such change had on both currents of thought. It explores the conceptions and argumentative strategies employed by different thinkers and addresses the question of how a merger of such diverse intellectual phenomena modified their thematic focus and methodological approaches (above all, how did it stimulate the Marxist analysis of the "real existing socialism"). Special attention is paid to the interrelated topoi - namely, to that of life-world and technology - and to the way in which these topoi were addressed by the Czech philosopher Karel Kosík.

Main Areas of Research

  • German Idealism
  • Marx and History of Marxism in East Central Europe
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Social Ontology
  • Philosophy of Religion

Positions and Memberships

  • 2013 to present: Head of the Department for the Study of Modern Czech Philosophy
  • 2015 to present: Member of the Editorial Board, Publishing House FILOSOFIA
  • Since 2016: Member of the Editorial Board, Filosofický časopis (The Philosophical Journal)


Ivan Landa, Jan Mervart, et al., Proměny marxisticko-křesťanského dialogu v Československu [The Transformations of the Marxist-Christian Dialogue in Czechoslovakia], Praha: FILOSOFIA, 2016. (Forthcoming)

Edited volumes

Ivan Landa, Jindřich Karásek, Jan Kuneš (Hrsg.), Hegels Einleitung zur Phänomenologie des Geistes, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2006.


Ivan Landa, Marxova filosofická antropologie [Marx's Philosophical Anthropology], Filosofický časopis, roč. 63, no. 3 (2015): 339-355.

Ivan Landa, Kosíkova dialektika konkrétního [Kosík´s Dialectics of the Concrete]. In: E. Kohák, J. Trnka (vyd.), Hledání české filosofie, Praha: Filosofia (2012): 231-257.

Ivan Landa, Dějiny a problém zla. Hegelova teodicea [History and the Problem of Evil: Hegel´s Theodicy], Filosofický časopis, roč. 60, no. 5 (2012): 643-665.Ivan Landa, Jednota dvou přirozeností: Hegel a 'Symbolum Chalcedonense' [The Unity of Two Natures: Hegel and 'Symbolum Chalcedonense'], Reflexe 40 (2011): 21-49.

Ivan Landa, Smrt Boha a smrt smrti. Hegelova spekulativní christologie [The Death of God and the Death of Death: Hegel´s Spekulative Christology], Teologická reflexe 1 (2010): 76-92.

Book chapters

Ivan Landa, Death of God Theology and Marxist Atheism, in Proměny marxisticko-křesťanského dialogu v Československu [The Transformations of the Marxist-Christian Dialogue in Czechoslovakia], edited by Ivan Landa, Jan Mervart, et al., Praha: FILOSOFIA, 2016. (Forthcoming)

Ivan Landa, Idea univerzity: Fichte a Schleiermacher v dialogu [The Idea of University: Fichte and Schleiermacher in Dialogue], in Moderní univerzita. Ideál a realita, edited by J. Chotaš, T. Hejduk, and A. Prázný, Praha: FILOSOFIA, 2015, pp. 51-68.
Ivan Landa, Patočka a negativní platonismus [Patočka and Negative Platonism], in Jan Patočka. České dějiny a Evropa, edited by T. Hermann and V. Schifferová, Semily: Státní okresní archiv Semily, 2007, pp. 40-49.

Ivan Landa, Dějiny a vědomí. Příspěvek k Hegelově filosofii dějin [History and Consciousness: Hegel´s Philosophy of History], in Humanitní vědy dnes a zítra, edited by D. Krámský, Liberec 2007, pp. 135-144.

Reviews articles

Ivan Landa, Die trinitarische Spekulation und göttliche Freiheit beim späten Schelling, Communio viatorum 2011/3, pp. 74-86. Ivan Landa, Hegelovy 'Přednášky o filosofii dějin' - bilance a perspektiva [Hegel´s Lectures on Philosophy of History - Evaluation and Prospects], Filosofický časopis, roč. 59, 2011/6, pp. 931-937.