Tibor Pichler

Tibor Pichler (1949) is a philosopher and director of the Philosophical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Science in Bratislava. His writing explores the intellectual history of Central Europe, with a particular focus on the study of political ideas and political philosophy in this part of the world. He is the author of the book: Patriots and citizens: Slovak political thought in the 19th century.

The Ballad of a country called Czechoslovakia

Nothing lasts forever and countries are no exception. They emerge and vanish. These days they vanish by separating into their previously delineated territorial parts, they vanish by splitting. What this indicates is that the international community does not want to accept the creation of entirely new borders. Czechoslovakia, or Czecho-Slovakia as it was called in its last incarnation, no longer exists as a state, its two constituent parts having gone their separate ways. It continues to live, however, as a locus of memory and as such it deserves our attention. It inspires us to ponder the destinies of Central European linguistic nationalisms […]