19th September, 2016

His lecture on the future of conservatism will take place at 5.30 P.M. on 19TH SEPTEMBER at the CENTRE FOR HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (1014 BUDAPEST, ORSZÁGHÁZ U. 30.).

Professor FERENC HÖRCHER, Director, Institute of Philosophy, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Professor of Aesthetics at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, and a specialist of the political philosophy of British conservatism will respond to Sir Roger's lecture, after which there will be time for questions. The event will close with a reception.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, please register here.

Ferenc Hörcher is giving a talk on the 28th of May on "The Role of the Tragic in the Construction of Central European National Self-Identities: the Example of Hungary with Some References to Poland" at the conference entitled Personhood, Law and the Idea of the Tragic, organized by the University of Warsaw and The Humane Philosophy Project. He is also giving a talk on the 27th of May entitled "To Imagine the Other with the Help of the Arts: Aristotle, Smith and Nussbaum" at the conference on Philosophy, Imagination and the Arts, hosted by the Department of Philosophy of Uppsala University.

The Institute of Philosophy of the RHC HAS kindly invites you to the 5th workshop of the Budapest-Krakow Research Group on Probability, Causality and Determinism.

Venue of the event: 1014 Budapest, 30. Országház st., Pepita room
Date of the event: 26-27th May 2016.

Further information is available at the research group's website.

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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.

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