Georg Lukács - Philosopher of Central Europe: Mini-Symposium


Georg Lukács (1885-1971) is one of the most prominent European philosophers of the 20th century. His intellectual activity in Hungary, Austria and Germany had a profound influence on the development of progressive left-wing and Marxist thinking. His seminal philosophical book, History and Class Consciousness, is considered one of the most influential philosophical works of the post-World War era. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of this work, this mini symposium seeks to assess the significance of Lukács’s theoretical achievement and its impact in Central Europe and North America.


Opening 14:00 - 14:15

Dr. Marie-Eve Morin, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Professor of Philosophy: Welcomes & opening remarks

14:15 - 15:15

Bettina Szabados (Research Center for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences): Crisis, Absoluteness, Decision: Lukács's Way to Marxism

15:15 - 16:15

Jan Mervart (Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic): Georg Lukács, Czechoslovak Spring of 1968, and the Soviet Tanks

Coffee break 16:15 - 16:30

16:30 - 17:30

Adam Takács (Wirth Institute, University of Alberta): Recuperation and Renaissance: Lukács's Reception in North America in the 1960-1970s