Internationally-Renowned Philosopher Agnes Heller to Speak at Trent


November 6 Talk Free and Open to the Public

Monday, November 2, 2009, Peterborough

Internationally-renowned philosopher Agnes Heller will deliver a free, public talk at Trent University on Friday, November 6 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in Scott House, Room 105 at Catharine Parr Traill College in downtown Peterborough.

During her talk, entitled “Autonomy of Art of the Dignity of the Work of Art?”, Ms. Heller will be discussing philosophies of art, and how they need to be revised in order to provide support to the variety of contemporary art forms and artistic practices and to the actual works that result from them. A question and answer period will follow the lecture.

Ms. Heller’s life story is legendary and connects with the period of fascism and communism in the early 20th Century Europe and with giant revolutionary figures of “Western Marxism” like Gyorgy Lukacs, who acknowledged Ms. Heller as his number one student and the leading light of the Budapest School. Her intellectual journey has been expressed in more than 50 books published originally in Hungarian, German and English.

She is one of the most important philosophers of history, ethics and aesthetics in the world, and now divides her academic time between her work as Hannah Arendt Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York and as member of the philosophy, media and aesthetics department at ELTE, the major university in Budapest, where she is also an active member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her recent writings on modernity, psychology, and art display both the philosophical system and also the passionate engagements and wisdom of a curious and independent spirit in full maturity.


For more information, please contact:
Cultural Studies Ph.D. Program, Trent University, (705) 748-1809