Jan Sokol, a Czech philosopher, university teacher and signatory of Charter 77, died at the age of 84.
From the goldsmith the philosopher
Jan Sokol was born in 1936 in Prague and was originally used as a goldsmith. In the 1960s, he studied mathematics at Charles University. Among other things, he worked as a watchmaker, programmer or researcher and also devoted himself to philosophy. He dealt mainly with the so-called philosophical anthropology examining man and his problems in the world.
He was one of the first signatories of Charter 77, moved in dissident circles and contributed to samizdat work. After the fall of the communist regime, he began lecturing on philosophy, anthropology and religion at Charles University, where he became the first dean of the Faculty of Humanities in 2000.
After the gentle revolution, he also entered politics when he served as a member of the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly. In 1998, he was Minister of Education in the government of Prime Minister Josef Tošovský for several months.
In 2003, the Czech Social Democrats nominated him as a presidential candidate, but he was defeated by the later president, Vaclav Klaus.
According to the iDNES.cz server, Jan Sokol was one of the most prominent Czech Christian intellectuals. His wife was the daughter of the internationally renowned Czech philosopher Jan Patočka, they had three children together.
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