Matúš Porubjak

Prof. PhDr. Matúš Porubjak, PHD.

he is a graduated geologist and philosopher with a specialization in ancient Greek philosophy and mythology and their relevance to current social and philosophical discourse. His main interests lie in the archaic period (Homer, Hesiod, Theognis, Tyrtaios), Socratic concerns and Plato. He analyses their influence, especially in the fields of ethics, politics and social affairs. During his career, he has completed a number of short study, research and lecture visits to the USA, Greece, Poland and Kazakhstan. He was a visiting professor in Poland (University of Silesia in Katowice).

Contact: matus.porubjak(at)

Professional interests: Greek archaic epic and lyric, Socratics, Plato, analysis of ethical, social and political aspects

Consultancy expertise: Ethical and social aspects of the earliest Greek thought with implications to contemporary issues

Managerial competencies: managing domestic and international projects

Teaching experience: History of Ancient Greek Philosophy (undergraduate course, lectures), History of Hellenistic and Medieval Philosophy (undergraduate course, lectures), Plato's Dialogue Meno (graduate course, lectures), Contemporary Global Challenges (graduate course, lectures), Origins of European Social and Political Thought (graduate course, lectures), All-Faculty Doctoral Seminar (doctoral course, seminar)

Miscellaneous: Archaic and modern art, contemporary technology and natural sciences, environmental issues

Selected publications and presentations


Why Did Theognis Not Leave Respect and Retribution in His “Hope Elegy”? In: Filozofia, Vol. 78, No. 4 (2023), pp. 245 – 258.


Sókratovská pedagogika v Platónovom dialógu Menón (Socratic pedagogy in Plato's dialogue Meno). In: Pro-Fil, Vol. 23, No. 1 (2022), pp. 1 – 15.


Theognis on Breeding and Learning: Why Socrates Should Have Quoted His Verses in Plato’s Meno. In: Polis, The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought, vol. 36, no. 3, 2019, pp. 487–509. DOI DOI 10.1163/20512996-12340234

Sustainable Development with Special Focus on Environmental Problems – Theory, Implementation, and Its Place in Civics Education. In: Slavomír Lesňák, Svätopluk Novák, Matúš Porubjak (eds.) Společný vzdělávací program přeshraničního exkurzního vyučování jako podpora výchovy k občanství = Common educational programme for cross-border excursion teaching to promote the education of civics : sborník z konference : conference proceedings. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2019, s. 237 – 245. ISBN 978-80-210-9393-5. DOI DOI 10.5817/CZ.MUNI.P210-9394-2019


Praktická protofilozofia Tyrtaia a Theognida. Trnava: Univerzita sv. Cyrila a Metoda v Trnave, 2018, 104 s.

The Bastards (Why Socrates Quotes Theognis). In: Boudouris, K. (ed.): Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy, Vol. 2, Section II: Classical Greek Philosophy. Philosophy Documenation Center: Charlottesville, 2018, pp. 273 – 277.

Criticism in Theognidea. In: Folia Philosophica. Vol. 39, 2018, s. 169 – 177.

Socrates as the Paradigmatic Figure of Practical Philosophy. In: Aither. No. 5, 2018, pp. 50–65.


Theognis a sófrosyné. In: Filosofický časopis. Roč. 65, č. 5, 2017, s. 659 – 672.


Umiernená zúrivosť (nová rola thúridos alké u Tyrtaia). In: Studia Philosophica 62, 2015, 2, s. 21-31.


Plótinovi chlapci, Menónov otrok a etické dilemy. In: Filozofia, 2014, roč. 69, č. 6, s. 526-535.


Predstava ľudskej prirodzenosti v Theognidei. In: Filozofia Roč. 68, 2013, č. 4, s. 276 – 284.

Theognis and the Social Role of Measure. In: Electryone. Issue 1, Vol 1 (January 2013), p. 54 – 65.


Vôľa (k) celku: Človek a spoločenstvo rečou Homéra a Theognida. Pusté Úľany: Schola philosophica, 2010, 168 s.