Agnes Heller has had her share of 20th century travails. From the Holocaust to Stalinism she has sailed close to modernity’s darkest moments. Agnes Heller is one of best known philosophers to emerge from the defunct Eastern Bloc. In Communism she sought an answer to the senselessness of the Holocaust, only to find a new tyranny. In 1977 Agnes Heller, along with other members of the ‘Budapest School’, chose exile in Australia. Her influence on critical theory is evident to this day. Now in her 80s she continues to live the philosophical life at full pitch, travelling, lecturing, and standing firm against injustice as she sees it.
Agnes Heller, Philosopher
John Grumley, Associate Professor Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney