The Intellectual History of the City

Aims of the Research Project

Modern Western political thought is obsessed with the state. However, since Aristotle, it is obvious that the primary scale for human politics is the city (town, polis, city-state, etc). While modern and post-modern challenges to the state opened up new, even wider vistas (empire, global governance), the local is still very much in the shadow in theory and in practice as well. The Reasearch Group in Moral and Political Philosophy of the Institute of Philosophy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences started this research project to bring the intellectual history and political theory of the city back to scholarly and public discussion.

Ferenc Hörcher, senior researcher, director


Upcoming Events

Hamlet in Wittenberg: Civic and Princely Education in Early Modern Europe (Budapest, date: TBA)


Earlier events

Polgári öntudat, városfejlesztés és önkormányzati modellek Magyarországon és Európában. A közepes és kisebb városok példája (Balatonfüred, 6-7 April 2018)

Ratio Civilis: The Transformation of Urban Political Cultures in the Age of the Reformation (Budapest, 17-18 November 2017)

Modern Capitals and Historical Peripheries: Central Europe from the Perspectives of Contested Modernities (Budapest, 201-21 October 2017)


Earlier and present cooperating partners

Department of Philosophy and Communication, Faculty of Creative Industries, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Department of Urban Planning and Design, Budapest Technical University
Hungarian Society for Urban Planning
The Journal Tempevölgy
The Local Council of Balatonfüred

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