In the second year, the conference Communication and Knowledge took place at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, UWB in Pilsen, May 3, 2018. The aim of the conference was to enable the scientific discussion between doctoral students, postdoctoral students, and master’s degree students. This goal was fully achieved, as contributions from various sectors were presented, the common denominator of which was mainly the communication and knowledge with a pinch of new technologies. The conference was more intimate in terms of the number of participants. However, the lower number of participants did not detract from the quality of the individual contributions. On the contrary, there was also room for stimulating discussion. Thus, researchers were able to present the results of their work to date, and thanks to various topics, new stimulating questions arose not only for discussion, but also for further research. Furthermore the conference enriched the students of the Faculty of Arts of the UWB in Pilsen, who participated in large numbers as an audience.
The conference was opened by the distinguished guest Mgr. Ondřej Dadejík, Ph.D., who works at the University of South Bohemia, Charles University and is also the chairman of the Czech Society for Aesthetics. In his article Art and a Special Mood Instrumentalist, he elaborated on the topic of the ambiguity of works of art, which, on the one hand, created, offered and sought after like any other kind of human production, thus clearly serving a purpose. On the other hand, they are also conceived as something that is not of this world, that is, of a world that is significantly held together by a network of common or practical purposes. Following the lecture by Dr. Dadejík was very current and at the same time inspiring. The introductory lecture was followed by other individual contributions.
The first contribution was presented by Mgr. Veronika Lebedová (FSV UK) on the topic of Social Responsibility of the Media from the Perspective of Postmodern Philosophy, followed by Mgr. Nicole Fišerová (FF UWB), who compared Goodman’s constructivism and robust pluralistic realism and the morning block closed by Mgr. Šárka Fleischmannová (FF UWB), who presented Philip Sidney poetry as a discipline leading to virtue. The afternoon block was opened with the topic Interpretation of Toulmin’s Model of Argument from the Perspective of the Treatise by Mgr. Kateřina Merglová (FF UWB), followed by the Methods of Distance Reading and the Study of Cultural Evolution: “An Example from the Field of Ancient Religions” presented by Mgr. Vojtěch Kaše (FF UWB) and the block was closed by Mgr. Naďa Hlaváčková (FF UWB) with the paper Body and “virtual” body.
The last three authors of the evening block were Mgr. Jiří Bureš (FSV UK), who introduced the topic Science without scientists?, Mgr. Zdeňka Špiclová (FF UWB) with the topic Tomáš Juda Dydimos. The application of scientific methods used in religion studies and, last but not least Mgr. Anna Zunová (FSV UK), who presented the McClure´s Magazine at the beginning of the 20th century.
The second year of the conference was rich in topics and subsequent discussions and supported the relationships between the institutions from which the individual authors come. However, the topic of Communication, Knowledge and New Technologies was not exhausted in these two years of the conference; on the contrary, so many new stimuli were discovered and that was almost necessary to maintain the tradition of these student conferences.