Jan Sokol died: Philosopher, chartist, former education minister and presidential candidate

The philosopher, pedagogue, signatory of Charter 77, former deputy and Minister of Education Jan Sokol died at the age of 84. This was stated by the Václav Havel Library. Sokol was a peer of former President Václav Havel, both born in 1936. Sokol in April, Havel in October.

After November 1989, Jan Sokol became involved in politics and in June 1990 he was in favor of the Civic Forum (OF) elected to the Federal Assembly, served as Vice President of the House of Commons. After the collapse of OF, he became a member of the Civic Movement in early 1991, which, however, failed in the June 1992 elections.

In the 1992 presidential election, after the non-election and resignation of President Václav Havel, he became one of the candidates for office. In the end, he was nominated by the CSSD for the fifth round of elections, but resigned.

Academic track

After that, Jan Sokol devoted himself mainly to academic careers. In February 1997 he became an associate professor and three years later a professor, participated in the establishment of the Institute of Fundamentals of Education, Charles University and its rebirth in the Faculty of Humanities in 2000, which he then headed as dean for seven years.

However, his interest in the administration of public affairs never completely left him, he unsuccessfully ran for the People’s Party in the first Senate elections in the autumn of 1996.

Minister of Education in the Tošovský government

A year later he nodded at the offer of the position of Minister of Education in the government of Josef Tošovský.

From the academic world, he briefly returned to political engagement in early 2003, when he became a candidate for the governing coalition of the CSSD, KDU-CSL and US-DEU for the third attempt to elect a head of state. In the third round, Václav Klaus won.

“It was a couple of adventurous weeks and a lot of effort. A big strain and then, I must admit, some relief that it didn’t work out. Being president is no fun, “Jan Sokol described his last attempt at active involvement in top politics.


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