Engaging Agnes Heller: A Critical Companion

Engaging Agnes Heller: A Critical Companion

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Engaging Agnes Heller: A Critical Companion

This collection of essays examines the life and thought of Agnes Heller, who rose to international acclaim as a Marxist dissident in Eastern Europe before going on to develop one of the most comprehensive oeuvres in contemporary philosophy, which includes a distinctive ethical theory and analyses of a vast range of topics covering almost every philosophical area. In this volume, philosophers, sociologists, journalists, and political scientists contextualize, compare, and assess different elements of Heller's writings, and highlight the shifts and consistencies of her work as a whole. Essays in the collection address the relationship between philosophy, political practice, and everyday life; Heller's theory of modernity and her ethical theory; her recent scholarship on comedy and the Biblical book of Genesis; her theories of radical needs and radical politics; her aesthetic theory; and questions about her relationship to feminist theory. The book includes Heller's reflections on the collected essays, as well as an early essay on her mentor Lukács that exposes her own steadfast engagement with certain practical and philosophical issues throughout her life's work.

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ISBN-13: 9780739122563
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 03/16/2009
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Katie Terezakis is assistant professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction Katie Terezakis 1

Chapter 1 Laudatio for Agnes Heller Yirmiyahu Yovel 11

Chapter 2 Marxism and Exile: Reflections On Intellectual Migration Bryan S. Turner 23

Chapter 3 Agnes Heller's Theory of Modernity Peter Beiharz 37

Chapter 4 Why Does Agnes Heller Matter? Political Action, social Change and Radical Politics in the Twenty-First Century Simon Tormey 45

Chapter 5 The Power of Radical Needs Anthony Kammas 63

Chapter 6 Remembrance of Things Future: From Totalitarianism to Fundamentalism Kira Brunner Don 79

Chapter 7 Existential Choice: Heller's Either/Or Richard J. Bernstein 87

Chapter 8 Narrative Philosophy: An Essay on Agnes Heller János Boros 101

Chapter 9 To Agnes Heller: An Open Letter on Philosophy and the Real Problem of Woman Katie Terezakis 123

Chapter 10 Loving Fate Amos Friedland 141

Chapter 11 Agnes Heller as Autobiographer: History and a Myriad of Contexts Preben Kaarsholm 159

Chapter 12 The Comedy of Philosophy Dmitri Nikulin 167

Chapter 13 Nietzsche's Thumotic Politics: A Programmatic Statement with an Eye on Agnes Heller Horst Hutter 193

Chapter 14 From Contingency to Destiny: On Heller's Existential Ethics John Grumley 223

Chapter 15 Reflections on the Essays Addressed to My Work Agnes Heller 235

Appendix "Von der Armut am Geiste": A Dialogue by the Young Lukács Agnes Heller 253

Further Reading 263

Index 265

Contributors 271

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