A specialist of 20th century European philosophy, on which he edited a volume with T. Ullman (Kontinentális filozófia a XX. században, 2011), and the author of a book on Arendt’s political existentialism (Hannah Arendt politikai egzisztencializmusa, 2008), Csaba Olay investigates the relationships between freedom, mass culture and aesthetics (such as in his 2014 A művészettől a tömegkultúráig, with J. Weiss). He coedited in French and English with Jean-Claude Gens a collective volume on Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor (Interpretation, Modernity and Identity, 2014). He teaches contemporary philosophy at the Loránd Eötvös University in Budapest.
A specialist of Paul Valéry (Funzione e Mistero di Paul Valéry: tracce dei Cahiers nella filosofia contemporanea, 2016), Benedetta Zaccarello studies the relationship between philosophy and literary criticism. This led her to reappraise the part played by writing as a practice in philosophical texts, and to work on the textual archives left by philosophers such as Jan Patočka and Aurobindo Ghose. A researcher at CNRS, she is also a visiting professor at the Faculty of Humanities of the Charles University.
A specialist of Kant and Ricoeur, Michael Foessel explores the relationship between the political and the private spheres and advocates for a balance between the mystery of the self and the openness of democracy. He is renowned for his 2013 Après la fin du monde, Critique de la raison apocalyptique (After the End of the World. Critique of the Apocalyptical Reason). In his last book, Le Temps de la consolation (The Time of Consolation, 2015), he reinvestigates the power of consolation at the origins of philosophy. A member of the board of French magazine Esprit, he is a regular contributor to French daily Libérationand teaches at École Polytechnique.
French philosopher Pierre Montebello explores both aesthetics and metaphysics. He’s the author of many books and articles on the relationship between body and consciousness in the history of philosophy (such as his Nietzsche, La Volonté de puissance in 2001), and on modern aesthetics (for instance, Deleuze, philosophie et cinéma, Vrin, 2008 or Kant, son esthétique entre mythes et récits in 2015 with Sabine Forero). Ha has lately developed his research on nature metaphysics from Schopenhauer to modern ontology, as shown by his last work, Métaphysiques cosmomorphes, la fin du monde humain (Cosmomorphic Metaphysics. The End of the Human World, 2015). He teaches at Le Mirail University in Toulouse.
A philosopher, a psychoanalyst and a philosophical essayist, Andrzej Leder focuses on the question of the philosophical position of psychoanalytical thought. He writes on contemporary fears, with the insight provided by his medical and psychiatric experience. Andrzej Leder works at the Institute of Philosophy at the Polish Academy of Sciences, researching philosophical foundations of modern culture. After publishing on Freud and Heidegger (Nauka Freuda w epoce Sein und Zeit, 2007), his latest book is entitled Prześniona rewolucja. Ćwiczenie z logiki historycznej (An Over-Dreamed Revolution. Exercises in Historical Logic, 2014). He is also famous for his articles in the Polish magazine Krytyka Polityczna.