Matej Cíbik, PhD.


Location: 07 007, building G

Research interests:

Contemporary ethics and political philosophy – liberalism, theories of justice, political realism, legitimacy, Kant’s practical philosophy and its influence on current political theory. 


2010–2016: Ph.D. in Philosophy, Charles University in Prague
2009–2010: M.A. in Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest 
2006–2009: Bc. in Philosophy, Charles University in Prague 
2001–2006: Tisovec Lutheran High School

Teaching experience
2017 - present: teaching at the Department of philosophy, Pardubice university;
2012 – 2015: teaching assistant at Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Charles University in Prague, giving courses in contemporary moral and political philosophy.


Papers in international journals

  • Elected Extremists, Political Communication and the Limits of Containment, Topoi, (published online in January 2023)
  • Tacit Consent and Political Legitimacy, European Journal of Political Theory (published online in December 2022)
  • Freedom, Resentment and Anger: Emotions in Political SocietiesCzech Journal of Political Science 29(2), 2022
  • Conspiracy Theories and Reasonable Pluralism (with Pavol Hardoš), European Journal of Political Theory 21(3), 2022
  • The Immorality of Tattoos, The Journal of Ethics 24, 2020
  • Expectations and Obligations, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 21 (5), 2018.
  • The Deceptive Appeal of Self-Ownership, Ethical Perspectives 25 (4), 2018.


Czecho-Slovak publications


  • Liberáli a tí druhí [Liberals and the Others], Akamedia, Bratislava 2017.

Articles and book chapers

  • Michal Pullmann and Philosophical Aspects of the Debate on nature of Normalization in Czcechoslovakia [Michal Pullmann a filosofické aspekty sporu o character normalizace], Reflexe 60, 2021.
  • Political Legitimacy and Self-Understanding of Citizens [Legitimita politické moci a sebeporozumění občanů], Reflexe 58, 2020.
  • Rozumnost a konsensus - 25 let politického liberalismu [Reasonableness and Consensus - 25 Years of Political Liberalism], Filosofický časopis (forthcoming in 2020).
  • Československo a jeho rozpad ve světle filosofických teorií nacionalismu [Czechoslovakia and Its Dissolution Viewed by Philosophical Theories of Nationalism] Reflexe 55, 2018.
  • Liberální universalismus dnes [Liberal Universalism Today], Acta Politologica 10 (3), 2018.
  • Kant a současná etika a politika [Kant and Contemporary Ethics and Politics], In: Přístupy k etice III, Filosofia, Praha 2017.
  • Emócie a kantovská morálka [Emotions and Kantian Morality], Filosofický časopis, 64 (2), 2016.
  • Rawlsian Constructivism and the Conception of Human Rights by Ladislav Hejdánek, Ethics & Bioethics 4 (1–2), 2014.
  • Politická filozofia v predvečer Nežnej revolúcie [Political Philosophy on the Eve of Velvet Revolution], In: Filosofie v podzemí - Filosofie v zázemí, Nomádva, Praha 2013.
  • Kant a Rawls o neutralite liberálneho štátu, Filozofia 66 (5), 2011.


  • Benjamin Constant: Principy Politiky, Reflexe 57, 2019.
  • Kamila Pacovská: Láska, vina náhoda, Reflexe 56, 2019.
  • Jiří Chotaš et al.: Lidská práva a jejich zdůvodnění, Reflexe 54, 2018.
  • Rudolf Kučera: Filosofické kořeny politického rozhodování, Reflexe 52, 2017.
  • Ondřej Lánský: Je třeba zavrhnout liberalismus (review), Reflexe 52, 2017.
  • Jakub Čapek et al.:Přístupy k etice II, Filosofický časopis 64 (3), 2016.

Conference presentations (selection)

  • "Expectations and Obligations", British Society of Ethical Theory Annual Conference, Sheffield 2018
  • "Are Global Distributive Obligations Different for States and For Individuals?", XI Braga Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy, Braga 2018
  • "Character-Dependent Duties", Situating the Human Workshop, Pardubice 2017
  • "Our liberal intuitions“, colloquium John Rawls – Justice and Reciprocity, Praha 2017.
  • "Emotions and Contemporary Kantianism“, CEEEN Symposium on Ethical Values and Emotions, Olomouc 2015.
  • "Why Should We Abandon Self-Ownership“, Warwick Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy, 2014.
  • "Is Rawls Defending Liberalism?“, Political Thought Specialist Group of the PSA UK Annual Conference, King’s College London 2013.
  • "Is Rawls Defending Liberalism?“, Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy, 2013.
  • "Original Position and the Role of Intuitions in A Theory of Justice“, Distributive Justice Beyond Rawls and Consensus, Istanbul 2013.

Grants a Scholarships

2019: Visiting researcher, Safra Centre for Ethics, Harvard University
2013–2014: Anglo-Czech Educational Fund grant supporting a year-long research stay at London School of Economics, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science
2013: Research grant „Rawls and contemporary liberalism“, financing several conference talks (Budapest, Pavia, Istanbul) and a research seminar on contemporary political philosophy
2011–2012 „Liberal neutrality“ grant, supporting a research stay at Cambridge University
2008–2009 Erasmus stipend, supporting a semester at Université Toulouse II – Le Mirail

Workshops and conferences organised

Disagreement, Intolerance and Political Discourse, Centre for Ethics, University of Pardubice, 12-14. 9. 2019
How to Read Political Thinkers conference, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, 20. 6. 2017 (with Tomáš Halamka and Jakub Jirsa).
Colloquium John Rawls – Justice and Reciprocity, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, 9.2. 2017.