Matěj Král

Dr. Kral was born in Prague in 1979. He received a Master’s degree in philosophy from the Charles University in Prague in 2004. In the years 2004 to 2012 he attended a Ph.D. program at the same university. His doctoral dissertation Nietzsche a Kafka (Nietzsche and Kafka) was successfully defended in September 2012 and Dr. Kral received his Ph.D. degree thereafter.

Dr. Kral has been teaching philosophy at the NC State Prague Institute since 2009, focusing first on the 19th century European philosophy (2009-2013) and then on existentialism (since 2013 to the present). Since 2013 to the present he has been co-teaching a course in the didactics of philosophy at the Charles University. He also has an extensive teaching experience at the secondary school level (teaching philosophy and social sciences at Gymnazium Na Vitezne plani in Prague since 2005 to the present).

Dr. Kral’s academic interest has focused mainly on philosophical and ethical implications of Kafka’s fiction. Nevertheless, his research includes other authors and topics as well: for example Friedrich Nietzsche (with the emphasis on ethical and aesthetic issues), Kant’s theory of the sublime, philosophy and fiction of Albert Camus, Lucretius (and the Epicurean philosophical system as a whole), or Plato’s criticism of Protagoras’ relativistic theory of truth.

Teaching

PHI 310: Existentialism

PHI 221 Contemporary Moral Issues