Professor Josef Šmajs

Creed

"For over thirty years I have been writing and teaching that our proud technological Culture is actually threatened by itself because it carelessly destroys the prerequisites for its own long-term existence – those that were created only once, through evolution. Our Culture strives for growth and expansion at the expense of Nature; it scorns the Earth and denies it the right to natural renewal and evolution.

"If the human species is to be sustained on the Earth then the planet must remain undamaged and unpolluted for as long as possible. It is necessary to realize that humans are biologically conditioned by natural structures and it is also necessary to concede the Earth her so-far hidden characteristics and rights, what philosophers call, her ‘subjectivity’.

"Let it be hoped that this proposal for a Constitution of the Earth gives strength not only to a biophile-oriented spirit of jurisprudence and to the spreading of a true ontological basics but also to our failing morality and the growth of a new pro-natural ethos, without which we shall never overcome the global environmental crisis."

About the Author

Josef Šmajs (1938) is Professor at the Department of Corporate Economy, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

He is the author and co-author of several ecologically- and ontologically-oriented books, many of which have been translated into foreign languages. He has edited the entries on Culture, Nature, Technology, and Environmental Philosophy for the American Encyclopedia of Anthropology (2006).

His works reflect the role of philosophy in recent global ecological crisis. Evolutionary ontology represents a new ontology that studies the conflict between natural and cultural evolution.

Selected publications:
Sociální funkce vědy (Brno, MU 1986);
Úvod do ontologie (Brno, MU 1991);
Kultura proti přírodě (Brno, “Zvláštní vydání” 1994, Dobromysl 1996);
Kultur gegen Natur (Dobromysl 1996);
Culture agains Nature (Dobromysl 1996);
Ohrožená kultura (Brno, 1995, Praha, Hynek 1997, Brno, Host a MU 2011);
Ohrozená kultúra (Banská Bystrica, PRO 2006),
The Treatened Culture (Prešov, Slovacontact 1998);
Kultura pod ugrozoj (Novosibirk, Akademija nauk 2012);
Konflikt přirozené a kulturní evoluce (Brno, MU 1997);
Drama evoluce (Praha, Hynek 2000);
Gnoseologické implikace evoluční ontologie (Brno, MU 2001);
Evoluční ontologie (spoluautor J, Krob; Brno, MU 2003);
Filosofie psaná kurzívou. Rozhlasové ekologické eseje (Brno, Doplněk 2003);
Filosofie – obrat k Zemi (Praha, Acdemia 2008);
Potřebujeme filosofii přežití (Brno, Doplněk 2008; Doplněk 2011);
Uvedení do evoluční ontologie (Brno, MU 2008);
Evolutionary Ontology (Amsterdam, New York, Rodopi 2008);
Evoluční ontologie kultury a problém podnikání (Brno, Doplněk a MU 2012).
Fenomén technika (Praha, Grada 2015, v tisku)
A Constitution for the Earth (Banská bystrica, PRO 2015)

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