Milan Hanyš

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Charles University, Prague; Researcher, Masaryk Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences

Jan Patočka Junior Visiting Fellow
(September 2018 – February 2019)


The Meaning of Politics in the thought of Václav Havel and Hannah Arendt

In the research project, I will go through Hannah Arendt’s and Václav Havel writings and critically assess and compare aspects of their political thought. Particularly, I will focus on concepts of power, disobedience, political action, authenticity and ideology. Both Arendt and Havel share the view that the system of party politics and representative democracy is in a worldwide crisis and an antidote, as it were, might be found in grassroots activism by self-relating citizens who decide to take responsibility for the world they share.