The National University of Public Service and the Institute of Philosophy, Hungarian Academy of Sciences are organizing

An international conference in honor of Alasdair MacIntyre

Date and venue: June 27-28, 2019, Budapest, Hungary

The conference is conceived to honor the work of Alasdair MacIntyre, who turned 90 this year. He is among the most important figures of contemporary philosophy and has touched upon several topics during his long-spanning career since his first publication in 1950. These topics pertain to, among other fields, moral philosophy, medical ethics, political theory, philosophy of religion, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, aesthetics and the philosophy of education; while all kinds of academic disciplines besides philosophy have benefited from his contributions, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, theology, business studies, etc. His views have changed significantly during these years, and he subsequently managed to incorporate in his philosophy insights from diverse thinkers like Marx, Aristotle and Aquinas – to name just the most important ones for him from the hundreds whose ideas he has fruitfully engaged with.

To honor this occasion, the organizers have invited as keynote speakers Ron Beadle (Northumbria University) and Robert P. George (Princeton). Abstract submissions engaging the wide-ranging oeuvre of MacIntyre are also welcomed. Proposed topics for the conference include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. MacIntyre and his roots: Gaelic culture
  2. The changes in MacIntyre’s thinking
  3. MacIntyre’s relationship to Marxism
  4. MacIntyre’s blend of NeoAristotelianism
  5. Thomism and natural law
  6. Is MacIntyre a virtue ethicist?
  7. Narratives and the unity of human lives
  8. The notion of tradition
  9. The problem of moral rationality
  10. Human rights and justice
  11. The prospects for the politics of local communities today
  12. Criticisms and defenses of liberalism, conservatism and communitarianism
  13. MacIntyre and analytic/continental philosophy
  14. MacIntyre and religion
  15. Dependent Rational Animals at 20: naturalist ethics and biology

Proposals – including the name, e-mail address, affiliation and position of the speaker, a title and an abstract of 1500 characters – should be sent by April 30, 2019 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ‘MacIntyre 90 proposal’ as their topic. Feel free to send any inquiries concerning the conference to the same address.

Ferenc Hörcher (National University of Public Service, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Tamás Paár (Pázmány Péter Catholic University)
Zoltán Turgonyi (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

We are happy to announce that our invitation has been accepted by Prof. C.D.C Reeve (Delta Kappa Epsilon Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C., USA) to come and visit Budapest and give two talks at our institutes.

Professor Reeve will present a paper at the Institute of Philosophy of the Research Centre of the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and another one at the Faculty of Humanities of Pázmány Péter Catholic University.

The talks will be given in English and do not require a specialist knowledge of Aristotle. The two talks are connected, but each one also stands on its own.

The title, date and venue of the talks are the following:


C.D.C. REEVE: Aristotle on Politics, Rhetoric, and Tragedy

Date: 5 April 2019, 2.15 pm
Venue: Faculty of Humanities of Pázmány Péter Catholic University, 1 Mikszáth tér, 1088 Budapest, classroom 206


C.D.C. REEVE: Aristotle on Politics and the Aims of Education

Date: 9 April 2019, Tuesday, 4.00 pm
Venue: Institute of Philosophy of the Research Centnre of the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 4 Tóth Kálmán str., 1097 Budapest, 7th floor, Trapéz lecture hall

The organizers, Péter Lautner (Pázmány Péter Catholic University) and Ferenc Hörcher (Institute of Philosophy, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Research Centre for Politics and Government, National University of Public Service), welcome everybody to attend.

A Budapesti Francia Intézet és a Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Filozófiai Intézete szeretettel meghív minden érdeklődőt a

Hannah Arendt és Simone Weil: A gonoszság banalitása

című előadásra, amelyet Chantal Delsol, az Erkölcsi és Politikai Tudományok Akadémiájának francia filozófus tagja fog megtartani (francia és magyar nyelven, szinkrontolmácsolással).

Időpont: április 3. 17:00
Helyszín: Budapesti Francia Intézet, Auditórium, 1011 Budapest, Fő u. 17.

A részvétel ingyenes, de regisztrációhoz kötött. Regisztráció itt.

Az eseményről további információ a Francia Intézet honlapján található.

The MTA BTK Lendület "Morals and Science" Research Group cordially invites you to its upcoming conference on

The Philosophy of Ian Hacking

Date: 29-30 March 2019
Venue: 4 Tóth Kálmán st., 1097 Budapest, 7th floor

Friday, 29 March

09.00-10.00: Janette Dinishak: "Autistic Autobiography" Ten Years Later

10.00-10.30: Krzysztof Tarkowski: Who Are You, Professor Hacking?

10.30-11.00: Loren King: Between Two Worlds: Reading Hobbes through Hacking

11.00-11.30: coffee break

11.30-12:30: Mark Risjord: Surrogative Inference and Entity Realism

12.30-13.00: Joao Ribeiro Mendes: The Influence of Gaston Bachelard's Philosophy of Science on Ian Hacking's Experimental Realism: An Assessment

13.00-14.30: lunch

14.30-15.00: Tina Wachter: Can Conventionalism Save the Identity of Indiscernibles?

15.00-15.30: Ozan Altinok: Ian Hacking: Limiting Language to Make Place for Reality

15.30-16.00: Charles Djordjevic: Doing 'Meaning and Use' Right: Hacking, History and the Legacy of the Later Wittgenstein

16:00-16:30: coffee break

16.30-17.00: Marius Markuckas: Ian Hacking's Philosophy and the Self-Contradiction of Transhumanism

17.00-18.00: Thomas Uebel: Language, Truth, and Hacking

Saturday, 30 March

09.00-10.00: Jonathan Tsou: Hacking on Looping Effects and Kinds of People: Instability and Stability in the Classification of Human Types

10.00-10.30: Georgina H. Mills: The Only Epistemic Looping Effect

10.30-11.00: Matteo Colombo & Regina Fabry: Predictive Processing and Delusion. On the Looping Dynamics of Personal and Sub-personal Explanation

11.00-11.30: coffee break

11.30-12.00: Vincenzo Politi: What If You Can't Spray Them? On Entities, Realisms and Inferences

12.00-12.30: Catherine Green: Nomadic Concepts: Hacking's Human Kinds and Social Science Concepts

12.30-13.30: lunch

13.30-14.30: Luca Sciortino: Why Styles of Reasoning Matter

14.30-15.00: Matteo Vagelli: Discursive Formations and Styles of Reasoning

15.00-15.30: Hanna Szabelska: Hacking's Archaeology of Probability: Critical Remarks

15.30-16.00: coffee break

16.00-17.00: Axel Gelfert: The Primacy of Practice: Ian Hacking's Philosophy of Mathematics

17.00-18.00: Paul Roth: Hacking's Historiography

Guest researcher of the Institute of Philosophy, Odeta Žukauskienė (senior researcher at the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute; assistant professor at the Vilnius Academy of Arts) is giving a tallk on

Dissenting Networks. Counter-cultural Places in and outside Lithuania in the Late Soviet Period

Venue: Institute of Philosophy, RCH HAS, 4 Tóth Kálmán str., 1097 Budapest, 7th floor, room "Trapéz"
Date: 21 March 2019, 2pm

Abstract available here.

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