An important contemporary Czech philosopher, sociologist and essayist – one of the most significant of today’s Czech intellectuals.
Bělohradský is seen as an authentic disciple of Jan Patočka. In 1970, after the Soviet occupation, he went into exile in Italy. For many years he cooperated with Czech exile journals and publishers as well as Czech domestic dissidents. He became Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Trieste and professor at the Faculty of Social Studies at Charles University in Prague. He is known as a vigorous defender of a progressive ecologically-focused liberalism. “Under totalitarianism it is necessary to be careful with words because there is always someone listening, while on the other hand in our democracy no-one listens to anybody,” claims V. Bělohradský.