Kateřina Sváčková

Fellowships

Fellowships
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This project consists of a translation of B. Mandeville's most famous philosophical book "Fable of the Bees," including additional essays, into the Czech language. Kateřina Sváčková will work with the English original of the book, as well as with a French translation, which will give her the opportunity to compare subtle terminological connotations.

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My research focuses on the phenomenon of compassion, namely on its secularized form, which has developed in philosophy since the French and British Enlightenment. At the heart of my project is Rousseau’s concept of compassion (pitié) which I would like to understand in the context of this secularised philosophical tradition, in order to discern the possible meaning and the role of compassion in individual behavior.