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Agnes Heller

(1929 — 2019)

Hungary

Hungarian philosopher and lecturer. She was a core member of the Budapest School philosophical forum in the 1960s and later taught political theory for 25 years at the New School for Social Research in New York City. She lived, wrote and lectured in Budapest (Wikipedia)

5 Publications

The theory of need in Marx

Agnes Heller

Verso - London

2018

What are needs? While the edifices of economic theory are built upon various mechanisms designed to satisfy “human needs,” not many economists have addressed the idea of need itself. Heller’s highly original work identifies this lacuna, recognizing the concept of needs as playing a “hidden but principal role in Marx’s economic categories.

Un'etica della personalita

Laura Boella, Andrea Vestrucci & Chiara Zancan (eds)

Mimesis -

2018

Un’etica della personalità costituisce il volume conclusivo – dopo Etica generale e Filosofia morale – della trilogia Una teoria della morale, con la quale Ágnes Heller ha compiuto il suo “quasi-sistema” fi losofi co. Il libro si apre con l’analisi dell’etica della personalità di Nietzsche, trattata in Genealogia della morale e messa in rapporto con il Parsifal di Wagner, di cui viene proposta una nuova lettura.

A theory of history

Agnes Heller

Routledge -

2016

This radical analysis of the role and importance of historiography interprets the philosophy and theory of history on the basis of historicity as a human condition. The book examins the norms and methods of historiography from a philosophical point of view, but rejects generalisations that the philosophy of history can provide all the answers to contemporary problems.

Doomsday or deterrence?

Ferenc Fehér & Agnes Heller

Routledge -

2016

Doomsday or Deterrence? argues against the majority of premises and conclusions of the antinuclear argument as existed in 1986 when this study was first published. Fehér and Heller’s study claims that social changes are important to curb technology trends that lean toward the construction of nuclear weapons, as well as using the ‘West’ as its own value that needs to be defended and emphasising the importance of understanding the true feelings behind the antinuclear argument.

Everyday life

Agnes Heller

Routledge -

2015

This book, first published in 1984, examines the politics and philosophy of ordinary men and women, and their ordinary transactions. It analyses the interaction between the individual and the social, both for the roots of everyday behaviour and for the means to change the social fabric.