Agnes Heller's Great Society

Murphy, Peter (2003) Agnes Heller's Great Society. Thesis Eleven, 75 (1). pp. 96-107.

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[Extract] Agnes Heller's body of work is one of the central achievements of 20th century critical philosophy, and Simon Tormey's book is a sterling introduction to it. For a reader unfamiliar with what is a large, and sometimes difficult, corpus, Tormey provides a lucid overview. He concentrates on key ideas, insightfully charting the principal phases of Heller's work. He also along the way debates with her, drawing from the wellspring of English socialism. He injects notes of scepticism especially about some of the more postmodern elements of Heller's later philosophy. But, in doing so, he never caricatures her work, and treats all of its many threads – from Marxism to Kantianism, existentialism to postmodernism – with a judicious hand.

Item ID: 22583
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1461-7455
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 05:30
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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