Ivan Dubský, who was one of the most important contemporary Czech philosophers, died this Wednesday at the age of 96. In his comprehensive work, he mainly devoted himself to the history of philosophy, he was a recognized expert on the works of Jan Patočka and Martin Heidegger. His pedagogical activity was also significant. During the normalization period, he found himself out of favor with the communist regime, he was one of the signatories of Charter 77.
Dubský was born on September 3, 1926 in Prague, where he also graduated from the Faculty of Arts of Charles University and received his doctorate. He worked as an assistant in the history of philosophy at the then University of Political and Economic Sciences, then moved to the Cabinet for Philosophy of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.
He participated in many congresses and by the end of the 1960s he was fully devoted to Martin Heidegger, about whom he led a seminar at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. He also stayed as a scholar in the Husserl Archive in Cologne and Freiburg.
He was fired from his job during normalization and had limited opportunities to publish. He returned to the Academy of Sciences only after the fall of the communist regime. Ivan Chvatík, the founder of the Jan Patočka Archive, informed about his death this Thursday on behalf of the family.
Dubský was the author of many professional writings such as The Early Works of Karl Marx and Bedřich Engels, The Penetration of Marxism into the Czech Lands, The Philosopher Jan Patočka, and About Heidegger. He was also interested in modern literature, wrote studies on the novels of Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka and Ladislav Klíma, among others. He also published shorter and longer texts dedicated to Friedrich Nietzsche.
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