I.B. Tauris in London published A History of the Hungarian Constitution. Law, Government and Political Culture in Central Europe, edited by Ferenc Hörcher and Thomas Lorman.

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The new Hungarian Basic Law, which was ratified on 1 January 2012, provoked domestic and international controversy. Of particular concern was the constitutional text's explicit claim that it was situated within a reinvigorated Hungarian legal tradition that had allegedly developed over centuries before its violent interruption during World War II, by German invaders, and later, by Soviet occupation. To explore the context and validity of this claim, and the legal traditions which have informed the stormy centuries of Hungary's constitutional development, this book brings together a group of leading historians, political scientists and legal scholars to produce a comprehensive history of Hungarian constitutional thought. Ranging in scope from an overview of Hungarian medieval jurisprudence to an assessment of the various criticisms levelled at the new Hungarian Basis Law of 2012, contributors assess the constitutions, their impacts and their legacies, as well as the social and cultural contexts within which they were drafted. The historical analysis is accompanied by a selection of original source materials, many translated here for the first time. This is the only book in English on the subject and is essential reading for all those interested in Hungary's history, political culture and constitution.

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Both Ferenc Hörcher and Béla Mester published a study in the volume Anthropologische Ästhetik in Mitteleuropa 1750–1850 - Anthropological Aesthetics in Central Europe 1750–1850, edited by Piroska Balogh and Gergely Fórizs, and published by Wehrhahn Verlag, in its series Quellen und Forschungen zum 18. Jahrhundert. Ferenc Hörcher’s co-authored chapter is entitled "The Scottish Discourse on Taste in Early 19th-Century Hungary: Two Translations of Hugh Blair's Introduction to Rhetoric," co-authored by Kálmán Tóth. Béla Mester’s chapter is entitled "The Role of Aesthetics in the Works of a Professor at a Calvinist College. A Case Study on József Rozgonyi (1756–1823)."

Ferenc Hörcher's chapter "Two Concepts of Practical Knowledge in Politics: Oakeshott and MacIntyre in Comparison" was published in the volume entitled "Tradition v. Rationalism, Voegelin, Oakeshott, Hayek and Others", edited by Lee Trepanier and Eugene Callahan and published by the Lexington Books branch of Rowman and Littlefield, in its series of Political Theory for Today. The study investigates the role of practical wisdom in politics, in the oeuvres of two 20th century British philosophers, the conservative Michael Oakeshott and Alasdair MacIntyre, who defines his position as revolutionary Aristotelianism.

Issue no. 91 of the art theory journal, Enigma has been recently published. Deodáth Zuh, our colleague figures there as guest editor of Arnold Hauser's early works and makes an attempt to cast new light on the genesis of Hauser's sociologically informed theory of art by tracing them back to his Budapest, resp. Vienna period. Present issue contains a series of pre-war Hungarian articles, and an originally German essay on the process of gathering samples for an interpretive sociology of film. Some freshly processed documents, and a lengthy editorial introduction completes this collection of texts. Issue No. 91 of Enigma is a joint product of Research Group for Art Historiography of RCH HAS, and MTA Lendület Morals and Science Research Group. It was dedicated to the loving memory of Árpád Tímár.


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