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What is a conservative?

A lecture by Dr Robin Harris

What does it mean to be a conservative in the 21st century? What distinguishes conservatism from other philosophies and intellectual approaches to political questions, and what are its implications for policy?

These questions will be posed by the historian and writer Robin Harris in the second in the series of lectures on conservatism staged by the Danube Institute.

Dr Robin Harris is a former member of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Downing Street Policy Unit, and the author of The Conservatives – A History, and Not for Turning – The Complete Life of Margaret Thatcher.

In his lecture, Robin Harris argues that conservatism should be taken seriously as a philosophical position and, indeed, as the grounding for modern Right-of-Centre politics. Conservatism’s two key elements – economic liberalism and social traditionalism – which were effectively combined under Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, have recently been under strain. Yet they are mutually compatible, and equally necessary. Ideological muddle in the Anglo-Saxon world, and the corrosive ambitions of the European Union in mainland Europe have made the time-honoured conservative formula seem less relevant. That is mistaken. It is time to take a fresh look.

The lecture is being jointly organised by the Danube Institute and the Arts Faculty of Pázmány Péter Catholic University.

Ferenc Hörcher, Professor of Aesthetics and Political Theory at Pázmány Péter Catholic University and director at the Insitute of Philosophy of the Hungarian Academy of Scieences, will respond.

Registration is required, please register here:

Date: 17:30, 19th April 2016

Venue: PPKE, BTK Sophianum 112,1088 Budapest, Mikszáth Kálmán tér 1.

Political Realism and Practical Morality: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives

A workshop at the Institute of Philosophy of HAS for political philosophers and historians of early modern political thought

Call for Papers

The Research Group on Practical Philosophy and the History of Ideas of the Institute of Philosophy, HAS announces its plan to organise a workshop on 18-19. November 2016 on an emerging field of common interest for political philosophers and historians of political thought. The recent boom of political realism both in an international and in a national dimension provokes new or newly formulated research questions for both scholars of international relations, political theory and the early modern history of political thought. The Institute of Philosophy will provide a friendly atmosphere for a research workshop on this theme, with plans of working out the framework for further potential common research programmes.

The Agenda

The Philosophy of Physics research group of the Institute of Philosophy (RCH, HAS) cordially invites you to its upcoming mini-symposium:

Local Causality and Causal Graphs

Daniel Malinsky (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh)
Péter Vecsernyés (Wigner Research Center for Phsyics, Budapest)
Gábor Hofer-Szabó (Research Centre for the Humanities, Budapest)

Venue:  Institute of Philosophy, Research Center for the Humanities, Budapest, 1014 Országház u. 30, Room 026

Date:  March 21, 2016, 4 pm.

For further information, see the website of the Research Group.


The Registers of Philosophy II.

The second event of the conference series titled The Registers of Philosophy is going to feature a session with PhD students. The selection of the presenters in this session is going to be based on their applications.

The conference is going to take place in Budapest, at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, on May 14, 2016. Keynote speaker: Jon Stewart.

PhD students are going to be hosted by the Doctoral School of Political Theory of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University. The Doctoral School is going to offer a seminar for the graduate participants about the same topic.

Application materials:

- Abstract (not longer than 400 words)
- Short CV
- List of publications

Please submit your application materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until March 1, 2016.

We offer financial support for travel and accommodation for maximally 3 PhD students traveling from abroad up to 150 euros/person.

Description of the conference:

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our colleague dr. Katalin Neumer. She was 58 years old.

She was an excellent historian of philosophy, her writings provided fundamental contributions to the history of Hungarian and Austrian philosophy. She published many remarkable papers and books on 18th and 19th century philosophy of language, although the work of the later Wittgenstein always remained her primary interest throughout her life. Besides writing and publishing important monographs and papers in both Hungarian and foreign languages, she also found the time to translate Wittgenstein's works into Hungarian. Though she primarily considered herself a philosopher, she frequently ventured into the fields of literature, literary history, and other areas of the Kulturwissenschaften, most imporantly of the cinematic arts. Besides the creative application of new perspectives, her writings could be characterized first and foremost by philological precision, conceptual clarity, and the thorough review and analysis of textual sources. She also provided important contributions regarding the nature of the humanities, considering both their inner connections and their place within the system of sciences in general.

Her activities as an organizer of scientific activities resulted in the carrying out of various research projects, and the organization of various workshops and conferences. She made essential contributions to the development and maintenance of work relations between Austrian and Hungarian philosophy, to the identification of the Central-Eurpean philosophical tradition's main characteristics, and to regional cooperations. She was an active participant in the public philosophical life of Hungary, and she mentored and supported several young researchers. She was one of the leading researchers of the Institute of Philosophy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Hungarian philosophy suffered a great loss with her untimely passing.

The HAS, the Research Centre for the Humanities (HAS), and her colleagues at the Institute of Philosophy share the immense grief of her family.

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