The Department of the History of Slovak Philosophical and Political Thought is devoted to research of philosophical and political thought in Slovakia with an emphasis on its development prior to 1918 as well as on innovative elements in the second half of the twentieth century. Research attention is concentrated on an analysis of philosophical influences within the reception and appropriation of ideas in the history of philosophical and political thought in Slovakia from a Central European perspective. A component of research is the conceptualization of key questions within Slovak philosophical discourse and their overlap into other social areas. At the same time, the department researchers focus on selected issues in the history of philosophy in the former Upper Hungary and former Czechoslovakia. Subjects with an emphasis on comparing Hungarian, Slovak and Czech philosophy and mapping the development of so-called national philosophies are in the centre of their attention. Particular analyses of individual philosophical-political, literary and intellectual arguments are framed in the department’s research profile via cultural modernization, institutionalization and democratization, which determine the development and character of Slovak philosophy in the twentieth century.