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The sociological tradition of hungarian philosophy

Studies in East European Thought 60 (1-2):1-16 (2008)
In this introductory paper I sketch the tradition, several early aspects of which are discussed in the following essays and reviews. I introduce the main figures whose work initiated and maintained the sociological orientation in Hungarian philosophy thereby tracing its evolution. I suggest that its sociological outlook, if taken to be a characteristic tendency that gives Hungarian philosophy its distinctive flavour, provides us with the framework of a possible narrative about the history of Hungarian philosophy in the broader context of Central European philosophy. This narrative, in turn, suggests a way of integrating the latter into the history of Western philosophy rather than restricting its scope to a handful of canonical works only.
Keywords Philosophy in Hungary  Sociology of knowledge  Sociological approaches in philosophy
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Tamás Demeter (2010). The Search for an Image of Man. Studies in East European Thought 62 (2):155-167.
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