Matej Cibik

Coming from Detva. Slovakia, I spent most of my formative years in Prague at the Institute of Philosophy, Charles University. There were, however, important spells spent elsewhere, notably in Toulouse, France and that at the Central European University in Budapest, where I obtained my Masters degree. My focus is so called practical philosophy, with the most recent publication on an 'underground' political philosophy in pre-1989 communist Czechoslavakia.

 Dates of Visit: 01/10/2013 - 04/07/2014

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Project Title:  The (Kantian) Conception of Person in Contemporary Liberalism

Project Description:  In my work I argue that any possible justification of liberal state starts with a conception of person. Only when this conception is established is it possible to argue for liberal institutions and human rights being normatively required and enforceable by justice. This is also my reading of John Rawls: the best and most persuasive interpretation of his work starts with a theory of moral personality, largely adopted from Kant, from which he derives values of freedom and equality (which stand at the core of his subsequent argumentation via reflective equilibrium and original position).