Doc. Ondřej Beran, Ph.D.

Head of Doctoral Studies

Email: ondrej.beran@upce.cz

Location: 06023, building G

Research interests
philosophy of language, ethics, environmental philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, phenomenology, AI, time and memory, feminist philosophy, Ludwig Wittgenstein

Academia.edu profilehttps://upce.academia.edu/OndřejBeran

ORCID: 0000-0003-2553-5872

Currently:

  • researcher at the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, University of Pardubice (since 2017)
  • Docent (Associate Professor) in Philosophy (since 2021)
  • member of the editorial board of the journal Filosofie dnes
  • member of the editorial board of the book series Dnešní svět in the publishing house Filosofia


Former Affiliations

  • 2016-2016 researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Hradec Králové
  • 2013-2015 researcher at the Research Center for the Theory and History of Science, University of West Bohemia in Plzeň
  • 2011-2015 researcher at the Institute of Philosophy (Department for the study of Modern rationality) of the AS CR in Prague
  • 2009-2011 post-doc at the Center for Theoretical Study (Charles University in Prague & AS CR)
  • 2008-2009, 2013-2017 researcher at the Institute of Philosophy (Department of Logic) of the AS CR in Prague


Education

  • 2008 – Ph.D. in Systematic Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague (supervisor Jaroslav Peregrin, Ph.D. thesis “Language and Individuality”)
  • 2004 – Mgr. (M.A.) in Latin and Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague


Teaching Affiliations

  • from Winter semester 2017 on – Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (formerly Dept. of Philosophy), Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, University of Pardubice
  • Spring semester 2018 – Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Masaryk University in Brno
  • Winter semester 2016 – Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Hradec Králové
  • Spring semester 2015 – Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague
  • Winter semester 2014 – Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen
  • Spring semester 2008 – Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague
  • Spring semester 2006 – Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague

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PUBLICATIONS
 

Monographs

  1. Examples and Their Role in Our Thinking, New York: Routledge, 2021.
  2. Living with Rules, Berlin: Peter Lang, 2018.
  3. Když je řeč o barvách [Speaking of Colours; in Czech], Červený Kostelec: Nakladatelství Pavel Mervart, 2015.
  4. "Střední” Wittgenstein: Cesta k fenomenologii a zase zpátky [The “Middle” Wittgenstein: The way to phenomenology and back again; in Czech], Červený Kostelec: Nakladatelství Pavel Mervart, 2013.
  5. Soukromé jazyky [Private Languages; in Czech], Praha, Filosofia: 2012.
  6. Náš jazyk, můj svět [Our Language, My World; in Czech], Praha: Filosofia, 2010.

 

Edited books

  1. O. Beran, K. Pacovská (eds.), Wittgensteinovská etika [Wittgensteinian Ethics], Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2022.
  2. O. Beran, K. Pacovská (eds.), Problémy etiky I [Problems of Ethics I], Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2022.
  3. O. Beran, K. Pacovská (eds.), Problémy etiky II [Problems of Ethics II], Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2022.
  4. O. Beran, M. Cíbik, K. Pacovská (eds.), Základní etické teorie [Basic Ethical Theories], Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2022.
  5. S. Aldrin Salskov, O. Beran, N. Hämäläinen (eds.), Ethical Inquiries after Wittgenstein, Cham: Springer, 2022.
  6. O. Beran, V. Kolman, L. Koreň (eds.), From Rules to Meanings, New York: Routledge, 2018.

 

Guest-edited journal issues

  1. O. Beran, A. Fredriksson (eds.), The Emotions of Late Anthropocene in Visual Arts, special issue of Visual Resources, to appear.

 

Journal Articles

  1. "Don't Look Askance", Visual Resources, to appear.
  2. "Ailments of the Soul", New Blackfriars, to appear.
  3. "Learning from Examples. The Human and the Non-Human", Distinctio 2.2 (2023): 59-84.
  4. "'The Fitting Word'", Nordic Wittgenstein Review 12 (2023).
  5. (with Kai Marchal) "Iris Murdoch between Buddhism and Christianity: Moral change, Conceptual Loss/Recovery, Unselfing", International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 83 (2022): 180-199.
  6. "Flattening the Curve of Moral Imagination", Organon F 29 (2022): 174-199.
  7. "Who Should Have Children? (Us?) When Should We Have Children? (Now?)", SATS 23 (2022): 55-74.
  8. "The Moral Luck of Rules", Philosophical Investigations 45 (2022): 21-39.
  9. "Rheesovi Stavitelé. Krok za Wittgensteina?" [Rhees' Builders: A Step beyond Wittgenstein?"; in Czech], Reflexe 61 (2021): 105-115.
  10. "'Morální intuice'. Co si můžeme nebo máme odnést z četby Haidta" ["'Moral Intuitions'. What We Can of Should Learn from Reading Haidt"; in Czech], Filosofie dnes 13 (2021), 2: 3-43.
  11. "To Each Incel According to His Needs?", SATS 22 (2021): 191-213.
  12. "'Environmentalism without Ideology' and the Dreams of Wiping out Humanity", Philosophy and Society 32 (2021): 439-459.
  13. "'A to se vyplatí!' Morálka jako spolupráce?" ["'And That Pays Off!' Morality as Cooperation?"; in Czech], Reflexe 60 (2021): 5-28.
  14. "The Wisdom of Insight", Philosophy East and West 71 (2021): 562-581.
  15. "O čem se nedá mluvit, o tom se musí zpívat, nebo aspoň rapovat" ["Whereof we cannot speak, thereof we must sing, or at least rap"; in Czech], Filosofický časopis 68 (2020): 289-302.
  16. "Addiction as degradation of Life"Ethics and Medicine 35 (2019): 171-190.
  17. "Love in the Absence of Judgment", Philosophy and Literature 43 (2019): 519-534.
  18. "Science, Knowledge, and Understanding. Wittgenstein between Phenomenology and Positivism", Horizon 8 (2019): 460-486.
  19. "Problémy s teodiceou ve wittgensteinovské tradici” ["Problems with Theodicy in the Wittgensteinian Tradition"; in Czech], Filosofický časopis 67 (2019): 361-381.
  20. "'Give Me an Example': Peter Winch and Learning from the Particular"Nordic Wittgenstein Review 7.2 (2018): 49-75.
  21. "Ryle, čtenář Austenové. Behaviorismus jako průhled do lidských srdcí" ["Ryle, a reader of Austen. Behaviourism as an insight into human hearts"; in Czech], Filosofický časopis 66 (2018): 75-96.
  22. "An Attitude Towards an Artificial Soul? Responses to the 'Nazi Chatbot'", Philosophical Investigations 41 (2018): 42-69.
  23. “Misunderstanding the Talk(s) of the Divine”, Sophia 56 (2017): 183-205.
  24. "The Role of the 'Private' in Inter-Gender Misunderstanding", Organon F 24 (2017): 142-165.
  25. “Rules and Acts of Considerateness”, Ethical Perspectives 22 (2015): 395-418.
  26. “Feminist Epistemology and a Fictional Narrative on Love”, Minerva 19 (2015): 37-63.
  27. “Je feministická filosofie vědy politicky korektní?” [“Is Feminist Philosophy of Science Politically Correct?”; in Czech], Teorie vědy 37 (2015): 29-50.
  28. “Co znamená dělat fenomenologii (jedněma z možných očí filosofie jazyka)” [“What It Means to Do Phenomenology (from a possible viewpoint of philosophy of language)”; in Czech], Filosofický časopis, mimořádné číslo 1 (2015): 11-29.
  29. “Kam dosáhne 'lidský předsudek'” [“How Far the 'Human Prejudice' Reaches”; in Czech], Filosofický časopis 63 (2015): 733-747.
  30. “Příklady a pravidla při osvojování dovednosti” [“Examples and Rules in Acquiring a Skill”; in Czech], Organon F 22 (2015): 90-108.
  31. “Wittgensteinian Perspectives on the Turing Test”, Studia Philosophica Estonica 7.1. (2014): 35-57.
  32. “Traumatické vzpomínky a jednání” [“Traumatic Memories and Action”; in Czech], Filosofie dnes 6 (2014), 2: 22-42.
  33. “Basic Color Categories in the Language-Game Perspective”, Organon F 19 (2012): 423-443.
  34. “Několik poznámek k problematice individuality” [“Some Remarks on the Issue of Individuality”; in Czech], Filosofický časopis 59 (2011): 837-850.
  35. “Slabší, silnější a mystické” [“The Weaker, the Stronger and the Mystical”; in Czech], Filosofický časopis, mimořádné číslo 2 (2010): 135-156.
  36. “Několik poznámek k fenomenologii a normativitě situace závislosti” [“Some Remarks on Phenomenology and Normativity of Addiction”; in Czech], Filosofie dnes 4 (2010), 1: 81-101.
  37. “Nerozumění” [“Misunderstanding”; in Czech], Filosofický časopis 57 (2009), 5: 683-708.
  38. “Wittgenstein, Husserl a Heidegger – intersubjektivita smyslu” [“Wittgenstein, Husserl and Heidegger – the intersubjectivity of sense”; in Czech], Filosofický časopis 54 (2006), 4: 523-559.

 

Book Chapters

  1. "Soul, not mind, out there in the world. Platonic inclinations in reading Wittgenstein”, in Hrachovec – Mácha (eds.), Platonism, Berlin: De Gruyter, to appear.
  2. "The Other Modern Séances", in Strandberg - Strandberg (eds.), Jan Patočka and the Phenomenology of Life after Death, Cham: Springer, 2024: 99-120.
  3. "Conversational Machinations", in: Aldrin Salskov - Beran - Hämäläinen (eds.), Ethical Inquiries after Wittgenstein, Cham: Springer, 2022: 255-272.
  4. (with Camilla Kronqvist) "Living with love in today’s world: philosophical reflections on some of its complexities", in: Mayer - Vanderheiden (eds.), International Handbook of Love. Transcultural and Transdisciplinary Perspectives, Cham: Springer, 2021: 621-637.
  5. "Metaphor as that which makes us see", in: Bartczak - Mácha (eds.), Wallace Stevens and the Philosophy of Language, Berlin: Peter Lang, 2018: 139-158.
  6. "Governed by Rules, or Subject to Rules?", in: Beran et al. (eds.), From Rules to Meanings, New York: Routledge, 2018: 278-292.
  7. “In Search for Memory”, in: Romportl et al. (eds.), Beyond AI: Artificial Golem Intelligence, Plzeň: University of West Bohemia, 2013: 122-136.
  8. “Jazyk, barvy, matematizace” [“Language, Colours, Mathematisation”; in Czech], in: Kůrka – Matoušek – Velický (eds.), Spor o matematizaci světa, Červený kostelec: Nakladatelství Pavel Mervart, 2012: 245-262.
  9. “Individuality and Inferences”, in Gurova (ed.), Inference, Consequence, Meaning, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholar Publishers, 2012: 115-129.
  10. “Myšlení řeči jako způsob jak bojovat s (a zvítězit nad?) pokušením metafyziky” [“Thinking of Language as a Way of Fighting against (and Overcoming?) the Temptation of Metaphysics”; in Czech], in: Šimsa – Sousedík – Nitsche (eds.), Návrat metafyziky?, Prague: Filosofia, 2009: 389-419.

 

Reviews and review studies

  1. "Ethics, Society and Politics: Themes from the Philosophy of Peter Winch, eds. Michael Campbell and Lynette Reid", Nordic Wittgenstein Review 10 (2021-2022): 163-166.
  2. “Císař Karel – Koťátko, Petr (ed.), Beckett: filosofie a literatura” [in Czech], Filosofický časopis 59 (2011): 443–446.
  3. “Ernest Gellner o Wittgensteinovi” ["Ernest Gellner on Wittgenstein"; in Czech], Reflexe 31 (2007): 144-149.
  4. “Thomas Rentsch, Heidegger und Wittgenstein” [in Czech], Reflexe 30 (2006): 128-134.

 

Book translations into Czech

  1. Wittgenstein, L. O filosofii psychologie [Bemerkungen über die Philosophie der Psychologie. Letzte Schriften über die Philosophie der Psychologie], Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2022.
  2. Wittgenstein, L., Filosofické poznámky [Philosophische Bemerkungen], with a commentary (pp. 9-45) by O. Beran, Praha: Filosofia, 2015.
  3. Soukromé jazyky: čítanka [Private Languages: A Reader], ed. by O. Beran, Praha: Filosofia, 2013.
  4. Wittgenstein, L., Poznámky o barvách [Bemerkungen über die Farben], with a commentary (pp. 9-57) by O. Beran, Praha: Filosofia, 2010.
  5. Dupré, B., 50 Filosofických myšlenek, které musíte znát [50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know], Praha: Slovart 2010.

 

Article translations into Czech

  1. Rhees, R., "Wittgensteinovi stavitelé" ["Wittgenstein's Builders"], Reflexe 61 (2021): 91-104.
  2. Frankfurt, H., “Nutnosti spojené s láskou” ["Necessities of Love"], in: Pacovská – Hejduk (eds.), Filosofie lásky a přátelství, Červený Kostelec: Nakladatelství Pavel Mervart, 2017: 181-199.
  3. Rorty, A. O., “Historicita psychologických postojů” ["Historicity of Psychological Attitudes"], in: Filosofie lásky a přátelství: 259-280.
  4. Velleman, J. D., “Láska jako morální emoce” ["Love as a Moral Emotion"], in: Filosofie lásky a přátelství: 201-257.
  5. Wittgenstein, L., “Poznámky k přednáškám o ‘soukromé zkušenosti’ a ‘smyslových datech’” ["Notes for lectures on ‘private experience’ and ‘sense data’"], Filosofický časopis 57 (2009): 645-681.
  6. Wittgenstein, L., “Poznámky o Frazerově Zlaté ratolesti” ["Bemerkungen über Frazers The Golden Bough"], Filosofický časopis 54 (2006): 561-576.

 

Article translations into English

  1. Patočka, J., "The Phenomenology of Afterlife", in Strandberg - Strandberg (eds.), Jan Patočka and the Phenomenology of Life after Death, Cham: Springer, 2024: 13-24.

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Presentations (selected, recent, invited (for the most part))

  • "The (Im)possibilities of Philosophical Advice", The Wittgenstein and von Wright Seminar, University of Helsinki, 13 November 2023
  • "Lucid Pessimism, Lucid Despair", workshop Transformative Experiences, Kyoto, 7-10 March 2023
  • "Learning from Examples", National Chengchi University, Taipei, 3 March 2023
  • "Ailments of the Soul", Contextual Ethics III, Uppsala, 23-24 May 2022
  • "Who Should Have Children? (Us?) When Should We Have Children? (Now?)", European-American Online Workshop in Philosophy of Emotions, 8 December 2021
  • "'The Fitting Word'", New Perspectives on Wittgenstein on Expression workshop series, 1 April 2021
  • "Living with Love" (with Camilla Kronqvist), Dept. of Philosophy, Åbo Akademi, 4 November 2019
  • "Disappointment and Condescension", EPSSE conference, Pisa, 10th-11th June 2019; workshop Partisanship and Compassion in a Time of Populism, London, 27th-28th August 2019
  • "Každému incelovi podle jeho potřeb?", Jednota filosofická, Olomouc, 21 November 2018; LMS Center, Hradec Králové, 27 February 2019.        
  • "The Moral Import of Examples, and Learning from them", workshop Philosophy and Wisdom: a New Perspective, Zürich, 20-21st July 2018.
  • "Moral Luck of Rules", workshop The Nature of Normativity, Prague, 16th-17th October 2017
  • "Give Me an Example", conference Truth in Politics and Metaphysics, London, 30th June-2nd July 2017
  • "Metaphor as that which makes us see", conference PhiLang 2017, Lodz, 12th-14th May 2017
  • "Governed by Rules, or Subject to Rules?", conference Why Rules Matter, Prague, 2nd-4th November 2016
  • "In the Absence of Judgment", workshop Love, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, London, 2nd September 2016
  • "Languages of Love and Literature", 39th International Wittgenstein Symposium (Aesthetics Today), Kirchberg am Wechsel, 7th-13th August 2016
  • "Understanding a Religious Practice", 7th Nordic Wittgenstein Society conference (Wittgenstein and Pragmatism), Helsinki, 15th-16th May 2016
     

Grants, Scholarships and Research Stays

  • 2022-2024 - "ECEGADMAT"  (project no. 22-15446S of the Czech Science Foundation), principal investigator
  • short-term research stays at the universities of Lausanne, Salzburg, and Genova 
  • 2017-2022 – “Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value” (project no. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000425 in the operational programme Research, Development and Education of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic), researcher
  • 2017 – “The Wretched Self” (project no. 17-12197S of the Czech Science Foundation; project awarded, not investigated), principal investigator
  • December 2013-May 2014 – sabbatical research stay in UK
  • 2013-2017 – “The Nature of Normativity” (project no. 13-20785S of the Czech Science Foundation), researcher
  • January-April 2011 – Fulbright Scholarship, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2011-2015 – “Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophy: A Systematic Companion” (project no. P401/11/1934 of the Czech Science Foundation), researcher
  • 2010-2012 – “The Individual and the Private: the Perspective of Linguistic Philosophy” (project no. P401/10/P266 of the Czech Science Foundation), principal investigator
  • 2008-2009 – Jan Hus Educational Foundation Scholarschip
  • October-December 2007 – DAAD Scholarship, Technische Universität Dresden
  • 2005–2007 “Graduate Center for logical foundations for semantics and representation of knowledge” (project no. GD401/03/H047 of the Czech Science Foundation) - member of the center
     

Conferences organised

  • Environmental Grief, Hope, and Beyond; Centre for Ethics, University of Pardubice, 28th-30th August 2023 (organised with Antony Fredriksson and David Rozen)
  • Death and Afterlife; Centre for Ethics, University of Pardubice, Pardubice, 8th-10th November 2021 (organised with Niklas Forsberg)
  • Partisanship and Compassion in a Time of Populism, King's College, London, 27th-28th August 2019 (organised with Tony Milligan)
  • Love and Justice; Centre for Ethics, University of Pardubice, Pardubice, 4th-6th September 2018 (organised with Niklas Forsberg and Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon)
  • Situating the Human; Centre for Ethics, University of Pardubice, Pardubice, 26th-28th September 2017 (organised with Matej Cíbik, Niklas Forsberg, Tomáš Hejduk, and Ondřej Krása)
  • Ethics in Context; Centre for Ethics, University of Pardubice, Pardubice, 19th May 2017
  • Umění neštěstí, selhání a utrpení [Art of Affliction, Failure and Suffering], Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Science, Prague, 6th March 2015 (organised with Kamila Pacovská)
  • Nature of Rules and Normativity; Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Science, Prague, 17th–19th September 2014 (organised with Jaroslav Peregrin)