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Agnes HELLER Philosopher, Budapest


 In Budapest 1944 Àgnes Heller narrowly escaped deportation to Auschwitz where her father perished. After the war she became first a student and finally the closest collaborator of Georg Lukács and a leading member of the Budapest School. Critical thinking and public engagement have brought her into conflicts with various political regimes. Through her participation in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 she lost her professorship. After she signed a petition against the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 she was removed from her position at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and forbidden to travel and publish. In 1977 she emigrated to Australia and accepted a professorship in sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne. In 1986 she became the successor of Hannah Arendt at the New School of Social Reseach in New York. Since her retirement she lives again in Budapest, from where she travels the world as a guest professor and invited speaker. Agnes Heller published more than 30 books which have been translated into all major world languages. She wrote on "Ethics" and "The History of Philosophy", "A Theory of Modernity", "The Renaissance Man", "Radical Philosophy", on "Everyday Live", "A Short History of My Philosophy" and the "Immortal Comedy". For her scientific work and her political engagement she received multiple honorary doctorates and some of the most prestigious scientific awards such as the Sonning Prize, the Szechenyi National Prize, the Goethe Medal and the Lessing Prize.