This text focuses on the motif of exile in the life and thought of Vilém Flusser, an author with Prague roots who developed his characteristic work devoted to the philosophy of language, the theory of communication and media after leaving Czechoslovakia. He was forced to flee from his homeland to South America, specifically Brazil, in the face of Nazism. He left there, once again by necessity, in the seventies due to a local military putsch. He experienced his second exile in the south of France. The article describes Flusser’s life-fortunes with regard to how they influenced the development of his thinking, extending his work and its reception. The second part of the text describes Flusser’s characteristic method and style of writing which, in comparison with the academic world, also appears to be “one of exile”. The third part endeavours to capture the basic approaches in thinking that are evinced across Flusser’s different philosophical subjects, among which we may also find the motif of the one standing elsewhere, outside, or at a distance.
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