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Karfíková Lenka

Prof., Dr. theol.
Born 11. February 1963 in Prague

  • Philosophy, Christian Thought of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages
  • Member of Learned Society since 2015

Educational and professional preparation

  • 1996 Doctor in Theology, Katholische Universität Eichstätt (BRD)
  • 1999 Associate Professor of Christian Philosophy, Palacký University, Olomouc
  • 2005  Professor of Protestant Theology (spec. Philosophy), Charles University, Prague 

Employment and academic positions

  • 1994-97 Institute of Classical Studies, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Researcher
  • 1998-98 Warburg Institute, University of London, Fellow
  • 1998-2002 Department of Philosophy, Catholic Theological Faculty, Palacký University in Olomouc, Head of Department
  • 2000-2004 Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts, Palacký University, Olomouc, Head of Centre
  • 2001-Present Institute of Philosophy and Religion Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, Associate Professor and Professor of Mediaeval Philosophy
  • 2003-Present Department of Philosophy, Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University in Prague, Head of Department   

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • President of Czech Patristic Society
  • Member of Czech Plato Society
  • Member of Editorial Board, OIKOYMENH Publishing House, Prague
  • Member of Scientific Councils (Catholic Theological Faculty, Palacký University in Olomouc; Catholic Theological Faculty, Charles University in Prague; Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University in Prague)

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies

  • Vice-president of Association Internationale d’Études Patristiques (since 2015)
  • National Correspondent for the Czech Republic in Association Internationale d’Études Patristiques (since 2007)
  • Member of Academia Platonica septima Monasteriensis
  • Member of Editorial Board, Vigiliae Christianae: A Review of Early Christian Life and Language (Brill, Leiden)

Notable awards

  • Palacký University Rector’s Prize for Scientific Monograph (in 1999, 2003, 2012, 2014)

Selected publications

  • Karfíková, L., De esse ad pulchrum esse. Schönheit in der Theologie Hugos von St. Viktor, Turnhout (Belgium) 1998, Brepols, Bibliotheca Victorina VIII, ISBN 2-503-50672-0, 538 p.
  • Karfíková, L., Douglass, S. J. Zachhuber, J. (ed.), Gregory of Nyssa: Contra Eunomium II. An English Version with Supporting Studies (Proceedings of the 10th International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa, Olomouc, September 15-18, 2004), Supplements to Vigilae Christianae, 82, Brill, Leiden – Boston 2007, ISBN 10 90 04 15518 X; 13 978 90 04 15518 3, 554 p.
  • Karfíková, L., Grace and the Will according to Augustine, Brill Leiden 2012, ISBN 978 90 04 22533 6, 428 p.
  • Karfíková, L., Eternity according to Plotinus, Enn. III,7, in: Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie (ISSN 0016-0725), 58, 2011, 437-452.
  • Karfíková, L., Zeitlichkeit und Authentizität nach "Sein und Zeit". Einige Probleme der Zeitauffassung Heideggers und ihre Parallelen bei Augustin, in: J. Sirovátka (Hg.), Endlichkeit und Transzendenz. Perspektiven einer Grundbeziehung, Felix Meiner Verlag Hamburg 2012, ISBN 978-3-7873-2406-4, 139-152.
  • Karfíková, L., "Essentia" et "substantia" chez Augustin et Pierre Abélard, in: R. Berndt - M. Fédou (eds.), Les réceptions des Peres de l'Église au Moyen Âge : Le devenir de la tradition ecclésiale. Congres du Centre Sevre - Facultés jesuites de Paris (11-14 juin 2008), Archa Verbi (Subsidia 10), Aschendorff Münster 2013, tome II (ISBN 978-3-402-10227-5), 707-726.
  • Karfíková, L., Filius tetragonus primus. La philosophie trinitaire d'apres le commentaire chartrain Librum hunc, in: Sacris erudiri (ISSN 0771-7776), 51, 2012, 317-329.
  • Karfíková, L., The Christian World-Maker according to Augustine, John Eriugena, and Thierry of Chartres, in: Horizons (Soul, ISSN 2093-5943), 3/2, 2012, p. 131-172.
  • Karfíková, L., Augustine to Nebridius on the Ideas of Individuals (ep. 14,4), in: Vinzent M. (ed.), Studia Patristica. Vol. LXX: Paper presented at the Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2011, vol. 18: St Augustine and his Opponents, Peeters Leuven - Paris - Walpole, MA 2013, ISBN 978-90-429-3003-2, 477-486.
  • Karfíková, L., Der Geist als Wesen, die Aussage des Namens und die OUSIA bei Eunomius, Basilius und Gregor von Nyssa: Contra Eunomium, III,5 (GNO II, 160-184), in: Gregory of Nyssa, Contra Eunomium III. An English translation with commentary and supporting studies (Proceedings of the 12th International Colloquium On Gregory Of Nyssa, Leuven, 14-17 September 2010), ed. J. Leemans – M. Cassin, Brill, Leiden 2014, ISBN 978 90 04 27061 9, 335-368.

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XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.


Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.


XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.