The philosopher, pedagogue and former politician Jan Sokol died at the age of 84

Updates: 16.02.2021 11:41

Prague – At the age of 84, the philosopher, pedagogue, signatory of Charter 77, former deputy and Minister of Education Jan Sokol died. Pavel Hájek from the Václav Havel Library told ČTK today. Sokol belonged to the intellectuals of the Christian orientation, he lectured at domestic and foreign universities. In 2003, he unsuccessfully ran for Czech president against Václav Klaus.

In the 1990s, Sokol founded the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University. In recent years, he has also enjoyed working on the Czech version of Wikipedia, where he corrected passwords from fields close to each other. Sokol studied mathematics, until 1990 he worked as a programmer. He dealt with Christian philosophy, his father-in-law was the philosopher Jan Patočka. During the normalization, Sokol led housing seminars.

After November 1989, he became involved in politics and in June 1990 he was elected to the Federal Assembly for the Civic Forum. He later pursued an academic career, returning to political engagement briefly 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.


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