Krzysztof Michalski

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Krzysztof Michalski graduated in 1974 with a dissertation on Heidegger (Heidegger i Filozofia Współczesna, Warszawa 1978). He has taught philosophy at Warsaw University ever since. He was a Humboldt Fellow in Germany in 1977-1978. During his stay, he joined an international team working on “Logic and Time” at the Protestant Institute for Interdisciplinary Research in Heidelberg. 1981-1982 he co-chaired (with Hans-Georg Gadamer and Gottfried Boehm) post-graduate courses at the Interuniversity Centre in Dubrovnik on “Hermeneutics and the Arts” and was a Thyssen Fellow at the University of Heidelberg. He was a Visiting Fellow of the Churchill College at Cambridge University (1982-83) and a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vienna (1984-85). In 1982, he assumed the position as Rector of the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) in Vienna. He was habilitated in Philosophy at the University of Warsaw in 1986 with a habilitation on phenomenology (Logika i czas. Próba analizy Husserlowskiej teorii sensu, Warsaw 1988; English translation: Logic and Time. An Essay on Husserl’s Theory of Meaning, Dordrecht, 1996). In the same year he was appointed Visiting Professor and in 1990 Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. In 1995 he was elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Institute for Public Affairs (Instytut Spraw Publicznych) in Warsaw. Since 1990, he has co-chaired (with Michael Sandel, Edward Shils, Charles Taylor and others) seminars at IWM’s annual Cortona Summer School on Philosophy and Politics. He is the editor of the bi-annual journal Transit. Europäische Revue published by Verlag Neue Kritik, Frankfurt/Main, and of the series “Castelgandolfo-Gespräche” published by Klett-Cotta in Stuttgart. Among his numerous awards and honours, he received the 39th Theodor-Heuss-Prize and was decorated with the Officer´s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland as well as with the Officer’s Cross of L’Ordre National du Mérite of the Republic of France.

Selected Publications

The Flame of Eternity: An Interpretation of Nietzsche’s Thought, Princeton University Press, 2012

Zrozumieć przemijanie (Understanding Time), Warsaw: Kronos, 2011

Płomień Wieczności. Eseje o myślach Fryderyka Nietzschego (Die Flamme der Ewigkeit. Essays zum Denken Nietzsches), Cracow: Znak, 2007

Conditions of European Solidarity (ed.), Budapest/New York: Central European University Press, 2006
Vol. I: What Holds Europe Together?
Vol. II: Religion in the New Europe

Woran glaubt Europa? Religion und politische Kultur im neuen Europa (ed.), Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2007

Europa laica e puzzle religioso (with Nina zu Fürstenberg), Venice: Marsilio Editiori, 2005

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Essays About God and Death

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Essays About God and Death [Eseje o Bogu i śmierci] is a collection of Krzysztof Michalski’s last essays. They were written over a period of a few years and inspired by the passing of three important and close people: Józef Tischner, Leszek Kołakowski and John Paul II. In thirteen beautiful texts the author familiarizes the …
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The Flame of Eternity

K. Michalski: The Flame of Eternity
An Interpretation of Nietzsche’s Thought Translated by Benjamin Paloff Sample Chapter Table of Contents The Flame of Eternity provides a new interpretation of Nietzsche’s philosophy and his concepts of eternity and time to which his reflections on human life are inextricably linked to. Nietzsche argues that humanity has long regarded the impermanence of our life …
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Zrozumieć przemijanie (Understanding Time)

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Woran glaubt Europa?

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Die erweiterte Europäische Union sieht sich mit der größten Herausforderung ihrer Geschichte konfrontiert. Es scheint, dass die alten Kräfte, welche die europäische Integration vorangetrieben haben, nicht länger in der Lage sind, politischen Zusammenhalt zu stiften. Welche Rolle spielt in diesem Zusammenhang die Religion? Entzweit sie die Menschen oder kann sie zu einer neuen europäischen Solidarität …
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Conditions of European Solidarity Vol. II: Religion in the New Europe

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In the context of Eastern enlargement and growing migration the issue of Europe’s religions is of particular interest. What is the role of religion in the integration processes within and between European societies? Having learned from their tragic experiences, Europe’s democratic societies have sought over the last two centuries to oust religion from the political …
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Conditions of European Solidarity Vol. I: What Holds Europe Together?

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  The enlarged European Union faces the greatest challenge in its history. It seems that the older forces that animated European integration are no longer able to provide political cohesion. What can hold Europe together in the future? Does Europe’s common culture offer a new source of energy? What moral concepts, what traditions, what goals …
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Transit 43: Editorial

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Gegenwärtig erlebt die Europäische Union die Erosion der Fundamente, auf denen sie errichtet wurde: Die gemeinsame Erinnerung an den Zweiten Weltkrieg ist verblasst, mit dem Zusammenbruch der Sowjetunion hat die geopolitische Dimension an Bedeutung verloren, der Wohlfahrtsstaat steht unter Beschuss, und der Wohlstand, Kernstück der politischen Legitimität des europäischen Projekts, schwindet. „Wenn heute allenthalben das …
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Transit 42: Editorial

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Alexej Slapovskys Roman Der Marsch zum Kreml (2010) beginnt mit dem Tod eines jungen Schriftstellers, der versehentlich Opfer der Polizei wurde. Ihren toten Sohn in den Armen, macht sich die verzweifelte Mutter auf den Weg, den Schuldigen zu finden. Von der Polizeistation zum Krankenhaus, von dort zum Büro des Staatsanwalts, und von dort zum Kreml. …
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Was hält Europa zusammen?

1. Die Europäische Union steht vor einer großen, vielleicht ihrer bisher größten Herausforderung. Zum einen erweitert sie sich, und zwar dramatisch: Mehr als 70 Millionen Menschen werden europäische Pässe bekommen. Zum anderen versucht sie, sich selbst – in einem Verfassungsbildungsprozess – radikal neu zu definieren, sich in eine neuartige politische Einheit zu verwandeln. Die Erweiterung …
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Transit 40: Editorial

Copyright © 2010 by Transit-Europäische Revue. All rights reserved. This work may be used, with this header included, for noncommercial purposes. No copies of this work may be distributed electronically, in whole or in part, without written permission from Transit. Transit – Europäische Revue, Nr. 40/2010 Editorial Der Zusammenbruch des Sowjetimperiums ließ das herrschende Narrativ …
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  • In Memoriam

    Krzysztof Michalski, founder and Rector of the IWM, passed away on February 11, 2013, at the age of 64. Read some obituaries and personal recollections by friends and companions...
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