Some ideas are born in silent loneliness. In our case the ideas were born in the environment of creative dialogue.
An important stimulus for the Institute was fostered by the publications and international research activities of Prof. Dr. Roman Králik, ThD., accompanied by the encouragement of the Head of KVAE (Department of General and Applied Ethics), Prof. Dr. Cyril Diatka, CSc., to look beyond current horizons. The Institute is also indebted to Prof. Dr. Abrahim Khan from University of Toronto, for his enthusiastic concern for the development of academic activities in Central Europe and for a friendly relationship with the FF UKF (Faculty of Arts of the Constantine the Philosopher University) in Nitra, as well as to the historical message of Saints Cyril and Methodius, as understood by the authorities of the Faculty of Arts of the UKF, and to support given by Prof. Dr. Bernard Garaj, CSc. and Prof. Dr. Zdenka Gadušová, CSc., who put the final touches to a much-needed synergy, that finally resulted in the historic action of founding this new Institute.
On 6th June 2011, as suggested by Dean Prof. Dr. Bernard Garaj, CSc., the Academic Senate of the FF UKF in Nitra approved the birth of a new Research Institute called CERI-SK. From these foundations, these recent international research and pedagogical activities have been receiving new dimensions and orientations.
In particular, the Institute comprises the following range of activities:
- scientific and research activities focused on:
- monitoring the influence of the work of S. Kierkegaard´s on the development of Central European philosophical thinking in the context of society related changes;
- deepening of comparative knowledge in the fields of hermeneutic and interpretative trends regarding the reception of S. Kierkegaard´s work and its importance to influential philosophers in a global context;
- spreading knowledge and information of the scientific and academic activities of the research centres in Europe, USA and Asia;
- promoting academic events within the frame of the given subject field,
- organising educational and edifying activities in the form of scientific events, lectures and conferences
- networking with Central European work places and examining their overall effect on Central European post-communist countries in order to innovate and update educational, methodical and consulting activities,
- publishing original work in the field
- cooperation with other similarly oriented work places in Slovakia and abroad,
- facilitating the English version of Acta Kierkegaardiana sequence and the Slovak version of Supplement Acta Kierkegaardiana sequence, published in cooperation with the University of Toronto.