Ágnes Heller

Hungary, 1929

Ágnes Heller is one of Europe’s last true philosophers. During her long life, she has seen and participated in much of recent European history. As a Jew, she survived the Nazi regime in Budapest during the Second World War. After the war she studied philosophy with György Lukács, under whose influence she joined the movement of Marxist critical theorists. Her convictions caused her to clash repeatedly with the ruling Communist Party, which forced her into exile in 1977. Subsequently Heller lived in Australia and the United States, where she was appointed Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. She has now returned to live in Budapest, where Viktor Orbán’s regime treats her as a bothersome dissident who must be kept silent – something Heller adamantly refuses to accept. Heller wrote numerous books on ethics, existentialism and the history of philosophy. Among her many works are A Philosophy of Morals (1990), The Time is Out of Joint (2002) and The Immortal Comedy (2005).

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Ágnes Heller: A witness of history.

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First Debate with Ágnes Heller, Roger Scruton, Rory Sutherland and Daniel Pick, moderated by Rob Riemen

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Ágnes Heller, First Debate ‘The Crisis in Our World’ at the Nexus Conference 2012. Copyright Dolph Cantrijn

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Ágnes Heller geeft de openingslezing tijdens de Nexus-conferentie ‘What will save the world’ in 2016.