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Angus, Ian

Inception of Culture from the Ontology of Labour


The essay is an appreciation and critique of Kosík’s account in Dialectics of the Concrete of the origin of culture from the ontology of labour. Kosík’s Heideggerian concept of labour as a happening (Geschehen) in which human being expresses itself is followed through in his theory of culture, or not-labour, where he understands human reality as
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Arnason, Johann Pal

Kosík’s Marxism: Sources, Significance and Limitations


The paper will start with memories of reading Dialectics of the Concrete, shortly after its first publication, and  of its impact on  the Czech intellectual scene of the times. A second section will then discuss the distinctive characteristics of Kosík’s Marxism, with particular reference to its phenomenological and/or Hegelian orientation. Finally, [read more]

Azeri, Siyaves

Dialectics of the Concrete, Abstract Labour, and Criticism of Existentialism


Forms of cognition and categorization of the world correspond to forms of historically-specific human activity. A Marxian dialectical analysis of epistemology, therefore, is a criticism of the existing forms of cognition, of knowing the world and of categorizing it as historically-specific forms of activity. A Marxist analysis should begin with asking the [read more]

Bartoš, Vít

Kosík’s Concept of „Concrete Totality“ and Its Criticism


The paper introduces ontological and epistemological principles that Karel Kosík employs in his seminal work Dialectics of the Concrete.  It will be concerned particularly with methodologically fundamental part of the book called “Dialectics of the Concrete Totality”. Kosík states that the concept of “concrete totality” may provide better alternative to the [read more]

Christacopoulos, Athanasios

Odysseys of Mind: Categoriogenesis of Concrete Entities


The author examines the status of dialectics and especially Kosik’s contribution on the connection between wholeness and the empirical, as has been stated from ancient Greek philosophy and on. Dialectics of Concrete is examined as a rigorous attempt of describing the continuous birth of the ‘sciences of the experience of mind ‘,as Kosik states it referring to the structure of Capital.
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Černý, Jan

Karel Kosík and Heidegger: from marxism to traditionalism


The philosophical work of Karel Kosík can be perceived as a dialogue with the thinking of Martin Heidegger. Whereas Dialectics of the Concrete in the first place embraces the existential ontology of Sein und Zeit, the late thinking of Kosík, as we find it in his essays published in recent 20 years, is determined by the late development of Heidegger’s thinking
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Dalberg, Dirk

Europe’s lost centre. Karel Kosik’s conception of Central Europe


The debate about what is Europe and Europeanism on the European continent takes already few centuries. Even in the Czech environment has been the subject of much debate, with longer pauses, since King George of Poděbrady from the mid-15th century on, about what is Europe and Europeanism. In the 19th and in the first half of the 20th [read more]