The absolute present of historical consciousness: Ágnes Heller between the postmodern and the contemporary

David Roberts

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This essay examines Ágnes Heller’s interpretation of the sense of historical existence in A Philosophy of History in Fragments (1993) and her interpretation of the sense of history in A Theory of History (1882). What meaning can we give, after the demise of the grand narratives of the nineteenth century, to G.W.F. Hegel’s Absolute Spirit and his conception of the Absolute Present? What can a theory of history offer us today compared with the promise and failure of philosophy of history.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritical Theories and the Budapest School
Subtitle of host publicationPolitics, Culture, Modernity
EditorsJohanthan Pickle, John Rundell
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315472454
ISBN (Print)9781138203020
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

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