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RCH Institute of Philosophy

The Institute of Philosophy of the Research Centre for the Humanities (IP RCH) & the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN), cordially invite you to the upcoming Warsaw–Budapest hybrid workshop entitled New Chapters from Polish and Hungarian Intellectual History.

The workshop is organised by the opportunity of the publication of the volume entitled Lords and Boors – Westernisers and ‘Narodniks (eds. Béla Mester Rafał Smoczyński; IP RCH – Gondolat Publishers, Budapest, 2020).

Date: Monday, 30 August 2021

You can join by clicking on the link below.


The Zoom Meeting ID is 823 4650 7590 and Passcode is 696557


10:00–10:10 Welcome words of the virtual host of the conference in Warsaw, Rafał Smoczyński: On the articles of the volume and their afterlife

1st section: On the Polish intellectual history
Chair: Gábor Kovács (IP RHC)
Gábor Gángó (IP RCH): Ernst König’s Disquisitio ethica, super justitia particulari (1698) in the context of Polish political and legal culture
Rafał Smoczyński (IFiS PAN): Studying Polish nobility and the Intelligentsia. New Findings
Borbála Jász (IP RCH): Socialist Architecture in Poland and Hungary – a common history
11:10–11:30 Discussion
11:30–11:40 Break

2nd section: Overviews on the Hungarian intellectual history
Chair: Rafał Smoczyński (IFiS PAN)
Péter András Varga (IP RCH): Reclaiming the Lost Plurivocity of Late 19th-century Hungarian Philosophy. An Interim Report
Béla Mester (IP RCH): On the Genre of Pessimist Utopias in Hungarian Literature and Intellectual History
László Gergely Szücs (IP RCH): Interpretations of Critical Theories in the Hungarian Philosophical Journals during the Kádár-era
12:40–13:00 Discussion
13:00–13:10 Break

3rd section: Case studies and short remarks
Chair: Béla Mester (IP RHC)
Gábor Kovács (IP RCH): The Sixties in Hungary from different ideological perspectives
Neo-traditionalist (Béla Hamvas), non-Marxian Socialist (István Bibó), Marxist Revisionism (György Konrád, Iván Szelényi and the Georg Lukács School)

Bettina Szabados (IP RCH): The Philosopher as a(n Anti-)Hero: The Literary Representations of Georg Lukács
Urszula Idziak (Institute for the Study of Religions, Jagiellonian University in Cracow) & Andrzej Gniazdowski (IFiS PAN): Short remarks
14:10–14:30 Discussion

14:30–14:40 Concluding words of the virtual host of the conference in Budapest, Béla Mester



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