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Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie

Zweimonatsschrift der internationalen philosophischen Forschung

Ed. by Demmerling, Christoph / Esser, Andrea Marlen / Krüger, Hans-Peter / Menke, Christoph

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Volume 61, Issue 4


Interview: Freiheit ist für mich der höchste Wert

Prof. Dr. Ágnes Heller
  • Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Bölcsészettudományi Kar, Művészetelméleti és Médiakutatási, Intézet, Esztétika Tanszék, Múzeum körút 6-8, 1088 Budapest, Ungarn
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Published Online: 2013-10-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/dzph.2013.61.4.593


In the context of giving this year’s Christian Wolff Lecture, Agnes Heller - looking back on her eventful life and the current political situation in Hungary - reflects on the relationship between philosophy and politics. The changes in her concept of freedom are closely related to her experience of various kinds of political oppression. However, Heller expresses wariness concerning the role of philosophical thought in politics, arguing that philosophy and politics are based on two distinct, incommensurate concepts of truth. She defends a pluralistic approach to truth against the allegation of relativism and subsequently characterizes philosophy as a unique form of storytelling. Heller shares with us her observations on philosophy under modern conditions and closes the interview with a very personal tale.

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Published Online: 2013-10-16

Published in Print: 2013-09-01

Citation Information: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Volume 61, Issue 4, Pages 593–603, ISSN (Online) 2192-1482, ISSN (Print) 0012-1045, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/dzph.2013.61.4.593.

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