Kamila Pacovská, Ph.D.

Zástupce vedoucího výzkumu

Email:  kamila.pacovska@upce.cz 

Location: 07 023, building G

Research interests
Ethics and Moral philosophy – virtue ethics, Platonic-Wittgensteinian ethics, moral psychology, theory of action 
History of ethics – Plato, Aristotle, British moralists, Immanuel Kant, Simone Weil
Nature of rationality – Wittgenstein, methodology of philosophy as compared to modern science

Education
2005 – 2013 Ph.D. in philosophy, Charles University in Prague (supervisor: Marina Barabas, thesis: Guilt and Wrongdoing: Problem of Responsibility)
1999 – 2005 Mgr in Mathematics and Philosophy, Charles University in Prague (diploma thesis: Moral Reasons and the Limits of Argument in Analytical Ethics of the Second Half of 20th Century)

Teaching Experience 
2011 – present Assistant-professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Pardubice (specialisation in ethics and in the history of ethical theories)
2007/2008 Course ‘Rozum a cit’ [Reason and Emotion], Charles University in Prague

Publications

Books

  • Vina, láska, náhoda, Nakladatelství Pavel Mervart, Červený kostelec 2018.
  • Filosofie lásky a přátelství [Philosophy of Love and Friendship] (eds. T. Hejduk, K. Pacovská),  Nakladatelství Pavel Mervart, Červený kostelec 2016.
  • Love and Its Objects. What Can We Care For? (eds. Ch. Maurer, T. Milligan, K. Pacovská), Palgrave Macmillan 2014.

Articles

  • "Wanting to be better: On the self-defeating character of moral perfection", in Campbell, M., Reid, L. (eds), Ethics, Society and Politics: Themes from the Philosophy of Peter Winch, Springer, Nordic Wittgenstein Studies, vol. 6, 2020, p. 167-182.
  • "Moral Character and the Significance of Action: Judging Dmitri Karamazov", Philosophical Investigatons 42 (4), 2019, p. 333-349.
  • "Love and the Pitfall of Moralism", Philosophy 93 (2), 2018, p. 231–249.
  • "Platónská tradice v současné anglosaské etice". [Platonic Tradition in Contemporary Anglophone Ethics]. In: Přístupy k etice III (ed. J. Jirsa et al.), Filosofia, Praha 2016, p. 219-252.
  • "Banker Bulstrode Doesn't Do Wrong Intentionally. A Study of Self-deceptive Wrongdoing". In: The Journal of Value Inquiry, 50(1), 2016, p. 169-184. 
  • "Bankéř Bulstrode a problém zodpovědnosti a sebeklamu." ["Banker Bulstrode and the Problem of Responsibility and Self-deception"] In: Reflexe 48 (2015), p. 149-161.
  • "Loving Villains: Virtue in Response to Wrongdoing". In: Love and Its Objects. What Can We Care For? (eds. Ch. Maurer, T. Milligan, K. Pacovská), Palgrave Macmillan 2014.
  • "Etický význam pojmu lidství: obrana "druhismu" v díle B. A. O. Williamse a C. Diamond". [The Ethical Significance of Humanity. The Defence of Speciesism in the Work of B.A.O. Williams and C. Diamond] In: Filosofický časopis 6/2014.
  • "Bankéř Bulstrode nečiní zlo úmyslně. Případ sebeklamného provinění" [Banker Bulstrode Doesn't Do Wrong Intentionally. A Case of Self-deceptive Wrongdoing]. In: Reflexe 44 (2013), p. 51-78.
  • "Soumrak etiky činu" [The Twilight of the Ethics of Action]. In: Nomádva 14 (2013).
  • "Morální pravidla před Wittgensteinem a po něm" [Moral Rules Before and After Wittgenstein]. In: Filosofie dnes, II (2010), no. 2, p. 59-72.
  • "Why is it Sometimes Easier to Love Rex and Fiffi than to Love Our Adolescent Children?" (with Christian Maurer) In: S. Hales (ed.), What Philosophy Can Tell You About Your Dog. Chicago: Open Court Publishing 2008.
  • Review: V. Kolman (ed.), From Truth to Proof. In: Organon F, XV (2008), no. 1, p. 111-113.
  • "Kritika metaetiky v díle P. Footové a dalších ‘deskriptivistů’" [A Critique of Metaethics in the work of P. Foot and other “Descriptivists”]. In: Studia Neoaristotelica: Časopis pro aristotelsky orientovanou křesťanskou filosofii, III (2006), no. 1, p. 62-74.

Translations

  • Murdoch, I., "Svrchovanost dobra nad ostatními pojmy" [The Sovereignty of Good over Other Concepts], in: T. Hejduk, K. Pacovská (eds.), Filosofie lásky a přátelství, Nakladatelství Pavel Mervart, Červený kostelec 2016, s. 295-318.
  • Gaita, R., "Dobrota přesahující ctnost" [Goodness beyond Virtue], in: T. Hejduk, K. Pacovská (eds.), Filosofie lásky a přátelství, Nakladatelství Pavel Mervart, Červený kostelec 2016, s. 319-329.
  • Weil, S., "Bojujeme za spravedlnost?" [Luttons-nous pour la justice?], in: T. Hejduk, K. Pacovská (eds.), Filosofie lásky a přátelství, Nakladatelství Pavel Mervart, Červený kostelec 2016, s. 283-293.

Presentations 

  • "The Irresistible Spell of a Populist Leader", workshop Partisanship and Compassion in a time of Populism, King's College London, 27-28th August 2019.
  • "'Love does not act by force'. Simone Weil on love and justice", conference Love and Justice, Pardubice, 5th September 2018.
  • "Loving Contemplation between Wonder and Judgment?", workshop Love, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, King's College London, 2nd September 2016.
  • "Loving Contemplation: Wonder or Judgment?", 5th Colloquium on the Modalities of the Good, Prague, 14th-16th July 2016.
  • "Joy as Loving Contemplation", Conversation Joy, Love and Hatred, Yale Center for Faith and Culture, 27th –28th May 2016.
  • "Remorse and Self-Love" - Love and the Good, Pardubice, 25th September 2015 
  • "Loving the Miserable: Murdoch and Weil on the Reality of Others" - Iris Murdoch International Conference, Kingston University, 12th September 2014; Love's Passion: Philosophical Perspectives on Love, University of Hertfordshire, 16th September 2014
  • "Skutečnost neštěstí. Weil a Gaita o géniích a světicích" [The Reality of Affliction. Weil and Gaita on Genii and Saints] - Umění neštěstí, selhání a utrpení, Czech Academy of Science, 6th March 2015
  • "Dmitri Karamazov Is Not a Murderer. The Significance of Action", 4th Colloquium on the Modalities of the Good, Prague, 23rd July 2014; Welsh Philosophical Society, Gregynog Hall, 2nd May 2015
  • "Beauty, Goodness and Love: Simone Weil's interpretation of the Iliad" - Art and Morality, Budapest, 5th June 2014
  • "Loving Villains" - Love and its Objects, Pardubice, 18th July 2013
  • "Problém zodpovědnosti v současné anglosaské etice" [The Problem of Responsibility in Contemporary Analytic Ethics] – Svoboda rozhodování v dějinách a současnosti filosofie, Olomouc, 6. října 2011
  • "Loving Villains, Villain Loving" – Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Love, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland, 30th September 2011
  • "Morální jednání jako epizoda?" [Moral Action as an Episode?] - Čas fysiky a čas etiky, Praha, CR, 25th May 2011
  • "Pravidla v morálním jednání" [Rules in Moral Action] - Hradecké filosofické dny, Hradec Králové, CR, 23rd September 2010
  • "Remorse and the Voluntary" - 2nd Colloquium on the Modalities of the Good, Prague, CR, 4th August 2010
  • "Banker Bulstrode: a Study of Permeating Evil" - Colloquium on the Modalities of the Good, Prague, CR, 6th August 2009
  • "Banker Bulstrode: Study of a Wrongdoing" - Philosophy and Literature Graduate Conference, University of Warwick, 26th May 2009
  • "Impartiality and Love in Ethics" - Philosopher’s Rally, Warsaw University, Poland, 11th – 13th May 2007
  • "Structuralism in the Philosophy of Mathematics" - 15th Annual Conference of Doctoral Students, Charles University in Prague, CR, 6th June 2006
  • "Osobní identita a její role v morálním hodnocení" [Personal Identity and its Role in Moral Judgment] - Conference of the Association of Philosophy Teachers at Theology faculties of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, České Budějovice, CR, 27th – 29th August 2006


Invited lectures

“Simone Weil and attending to the afflicted”, Ethical attention: Murdoch in philosophical dialogue, University College Dublin (postponed).

“The absolute and the particular. Wittgensteinian Platonists on moral value.” Platonism. 43rd International Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg am Wechsel (postponed).

“Self-love and Remorse“, University of Genoa, May 2020 (postponed).

"The Irresistible Spell of a Populist Leader", Think! Central European Student Conference in Analytic Philosophy, University of Bayreuth, 17-19 May 2019.

“Love and the Pitfall of Moralism”, Université Lausanne, 1st May 2019.

"Teorie lásky a past moralismu" [Theories of Love and the Pitfall of Moralism], Jednota filosofická, Olomouc, 8th March 2017.
"Joy as Loving Contemplation", Conversation Joy, Love and Hatred, Yale Center for Faith and Culture, 27th–28th May 2016. 
"Remorse and Self-Love", Université Fribourg, 20th October 2015.
"Dmitri Karamazov Is Not a Murderer. The Significance of Action", 51st Session of Welsh Philosophical Society, Gregynog Hall, 2nd May 2015.
„Ilias, neboli báseň o lásce. Interpretace Simone Weil" [Ilias or the Poem of Force. Simone Weil Interpretation] - colloquium Reflexia Homéra v antické filozofii, Banská Bystrica, 22nd November 2013
"Wrongdoing Without Intention: Self-deceptive Action", University of Hertfordshire, 27th February 2014.
"Loving villains", University of Hertfordshire, 27th February 2014.
"Wrongdoing Without Intention: Self-deceptive Action", University of Leeds, 17th February 2014.

Award
2018     Young Scientist Award from the Learned Society of the Czech Republic for excellent work in the field of philosophy and ethics.

Grants and Scholarships
2016 - 2022 - Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value (Grant no. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000425 of the Operational Programme Research, Development and Education - principal investigator
2013 – 2016 – Love and Friendship in Ancient and Contemporary Philosophy, Grant no. 13-14510S of the Czech Science Foundation - member of the research team
September 2012 – Aktion, one month scholarship at the University of Vienna
2012 – 2014 – The Idea of University (Grant no. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0270 of the Education for Competitiveness Operational Programme) - lector
2008 – 2009 Anglo-Czech Educational Fund, one year scholarship at the University of Edinburgh
2006 – Erasmus, three month scholarship at the University of Glasgow
2006 – 2007 Graduate Center for logical foundations for semantics and representation of knowledge - member of the center

Workshops and conferences organized 

  • Workshop Disagreement, (in) tolerance and political discourse, University of Pardubice, 12-14th September (with Matej Cíbik).
  • Workshop Love, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, King's College London, 2nd September 2016 (organized with Tony Milligan).
  • Conference: Love and the Good, Pardubice, 24-26th September 2015 (Organized with Tomáš Hejduk and Tony Milligan) 
  • Symposium II: Ethical Values and Emotions, Central and Eastern European Ethical Network, Palacky University, Olomouc, 28-30th May 2015 (with Martin Cajthaml and Vlastimil Vohánka)
  • Umění neštěstí, selhání a utrpení [Art of Affliction, Failure and Suffering], Czech Academy of Science, 6th March 2015 (with O. Beran)
  • Love's Passion: Philosophical Perspectives on Love, University of Hertfordshire, 15-16th September 2014 (Organized with Tony Milligan)
  • 4th Colloquium on the Modalities of the Good, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Science, Prague, 23rd-25th July 2014 (Organized with Marina Barabas) 
  • Workshop: Love and its Objects, Pardubice, 18-20th July 2013 (Organized with Tomáš Hejduk)
  • 3rd Colloquium on the Modalities of the Good, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Science, Prague, 1st-3rd August 2012 (Organized with Marina Barabas and Christopher Cowley)
  • 2nd Colloquium on the Modalities of the Good, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Science, Prague, 4th-6th August 2010 (Organized with Marina Barabas)
  • Colloquium on the Modalities of the Good, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Science, Prague, 5th-6th August 2009 (Organized with Marina Barabas)

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