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Kritika & Kontext - Casopis kritického myslenia
Kritika & Kontext - Journal of critical thinking

Publishing House: Criticism & Context
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Social Sciences
Frequency: 4 issues
Print ISSN: 1335-1710
Status: Later issues not available

  • 2002
  • 2003
  • Issue No. 2-3
  • Issue No. 1
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Short Description

From the moment of this journal's inception, Kritika & Kontext has aspired to make a forum for informed and ongoing discussion, not only within Slovakia, but also beyond. For this reason we publish in Slovak as well as English. Our efforts to transcend parochial boundaries have been two-fold: first, to introduce readers in our region of Europe to the seminal works that have shaped intellectual understanding elsewhere and that were inaccessible to us for so long: and, second, to find our place in the international comunity of thinkers encouraging dialogue between those two entities that were formerly calles the "west" and the "east". The aim of every issue of Kritika & Kontext is to introduce the context of four or five books from the social sciences and humanities which were published in the West during the past fifty years, but were translated into Slovak or Czech only after 1989. Since 1989 the release of numerous scholarly books in Slovakia and the Czech Republic has made available a number of well-known names and titles that were restricted during Communism. How much can we assess the importance of a work when we do not know the context in which it originated, when we often do not know what it was reacting to or how it was assessed by the reviewers? Finally, how is a work that we only now have the opportunity to read currently viewed in the West? Also, one has to distinguish between those parts of a book that remain relevant or controversial and those that are already outdated. Usually, only parts of even great books withstand the test of time. The motto of Kritika & Kontext, and the topic of the introductory discussion, is Joseph Schumpeter’s famous dictum "to realize the relative validity of one’s convictions and yet stand for them unflinchingly, is what distinguishes a civilized man from a barbarian". Only in this delicate constellation, neither fanatical nor relativist, is one able to accept and benefit from criticism, and criticise others without forcing one’s own opinion on them. This is exactly the atmosphere in which critical thinking can flourish. DISCONTINUED.