Prof Endre Szécsényi



Endre SZÉCSÉNYI graduated M.A. in Aesthetics and Hungarian Philology from the University of Pécs in 1990. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2001, and his habilitation in 2010 from ELTE Eötvös Loránd University.

He taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pécs (1990-1994) and was Assistant Professor in Literature at the Kecskemét Teacher Training College (1991-1994). He held a Senior Assistant Professorship at the Department of Aesthetics of the University of Pécs between 1995 and 2002, and in the Institute of Theoretical Studies of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design between 2003 and 2005. He has taught in the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies of ELTE Eötvös Loránd University as a Recurrent Visiting Lecturer (1999-2002), as Senior Assistant Professor (2003-2006) and as Associate Professor since 2006. Though being on long absence, he was promoted Full Professor in 2015. He was Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow between 2014 and 2016 at the University of Aberdeen, since 2016 he has been Honorary Research Fellow there.

He has held several research fellowships abroad including Mellon Fellowship (twice) and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowship, e.g., in IASH (Edinburgh), NIAS (Wassenaar), IWM (Vienna), RIISS (Aberdeen). He was one of the editors of BUKSZ – Budapest Review of Books between 1997 and 2014, and he has been the series-editor of the Laokoón Könyvek (Laocoön Books) series of L’Harmattan Publishing House since 2008. In 2020 he initiated the establishment of the Research Centre for Aesthetics, Nature and Environment.

His primary research field is the intellectual history and the history of aesthetics of the Enlightenment.



PUBLICATIONS in MTMT (Hungarian Scientific Bibliography): here





Szépség és szabadság: eszmetörténeti tanulmányok [Beauty and Freedom: Studies in Intellectual History]. Budapest, L’Harmattan Kiadó, 2009, pp. 216. (=Laocoön Books)

Társiasság és tekintély: Esztétikai politika a 18. századi Angliában [Sociability and Authority: Æsthetic Politics in 18th Century Britain]. Budapest, Osiris Kiadó, 2002,  pp. 211. (=Doctoral Masterpieces)


Edited Books

Aesthetics, Nature and Religion: Ronald W. Hepburn and his Legacy, ed. Endre Szécsényi. Aberdeen, Aberdeen University Press, 2020, pp. ix + 342.

Esztétika – történelem – hermeneutika: Tanulmányok Kisbali László emlékére [Aesthetics – History – Hermeneutics: Studies in Memory of László Kisbali], eds. Popovics Zoltán – Szécsényi Endre. Budapest, L’Harmattan Kiadó, 2019, pp. 266. (=Laocoön Books)

A tudom-is-én-micsoda fogalma. Források és tanulmányok [The Concept of the Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi. Sources and Studies], eds. Bartha-Kovács Katalin – Szécsényi Endre. Budapest, L’Harmattan Kiadó, 2010, pp. 193. (=Laocoön Books)

Kisbali László: Sapere aude! Esztétikai és művelődéstörténeti írások [Sapere aude! Papers in Æsthetics and Cultural History], selected, edited, notes Szécsényi Endre. Budapest, L’Harmattan Kiadó, 2009, pp. 272. (=Laocoön Books)

Lord Shaftesbury: Sensus communis: esszé a szellem és a jó kedély szabadságáról [Sensus Communis: An Essay on the Freedom of Wit and Humour]. Budapest, Atlantisz Kiadó, 2008, pp. 211. (edited [uncredited], checking translation, notes and postscript)

Aspects of the Enlightenment: Æsthetics, Politics, and Religion, eds. Hörcher Ferenc – Szécsényi Endre. Budapest, Akadémiai Kiadó, 2004, pp. 345.


Edited special issues

The Birth of the Discipline, ed. Endre Szécsényi with Rob van Gerwen. Aesthetic Investigations, 4. (2021), 2.

Aesthetics, Nature and Religion: Ronald W. Hepburn and his Legacy, ed. Endre Szécsényi. Journal of Scottish Thought, 10–11. (2018 & 2019), pp. 155. & pp. 188.

Garden, Landscape, Natural Environment. Journal of Scottish Thought, 9. (2017), pp. 183.

Francis Hutcheson and the Origins of the Aesthetic. Journal of Scottish Thought, 7. (2016), pp. 212.


Contact Details

Department of Aesthetics
Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies
ELTE Eötvös Loránd University
Mail: Múzeum krt. 6-8 1088-Budapest Hungary
Phone: 36 1 411 6570


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