Several philosophers, among them Agnes Heller, Mihály Vajda, Kornél Steiger and others, have been affected by a politically motivated campaign in Hungary.
Herbert Hrachovec offers an overview of the situation on the blog Quatsch, with links to more information.
Laszlo Tengelyi has written an Open Letter Regarding the Situation of Philosophy and Philosophers in Hungary (English translation). You can read Tengelyi’s letter in the original German here.
Today, Jürgen Habermas and former German Culture minister, Julian Nida-Rümelin, issued a call to “Protect the Philosophers!” on seuddeutsche.de (article in German).
For a summary of the article, see Thomas Gregersen’s blog, Political Theory – Habermas and Rawls.
To register a protest against this action, visit the online petition, which includes an English translation.
The Executive Committee wishes everyone associated with the Ancient Philosophy Society a very happy and productive new year. This year we are looking forward to our ninth annual independent meeting hosted by Gary Scott and Loyola College in Maryland, April 23-26, 2009.
The program committee is hard at work reviewing all 78 submissions to this year’s conference and we look forward to having the program set by the middle of February.
To register for the conference online, click here. The hotel for the conference will be the Crowne Plaza Baltimore North-Hunt Valley, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD 21093, 1 (800) 261-9168. A block of rooms is saved under the name of the Ancient Philosophy Society.
Thanks to all who make this society the supportive and intellectually stimulating community it is.