Czech philosopher Miroslav Petřiček is renowned for his work on aesthetics and especially on cinema (Myšlení obrazem, 2009). Banned for political reasons from the university, he worked from 1972 to 1990 at the Hydrometeorological Institute. Thus, he took part in Jan Patočka’s private seminars from 1971 to 1977. He has translated French modern philosophy extensively (Derrida, Barthes, Merleau-Ponty), and is also the translator in Czech of the works of Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard. He currently teaches at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague.