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 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 abscence, he was promoted Full Professor in 2015. Since 2016 he has been Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen.

He has held several research fellowships abroad including Mellon Fellowship (twice) and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowship (e.g., IASHNIASIWM, RIISS). 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.

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

ACADEMIA.EDU PROFILE:écsényi (CV, papers, etc.)




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

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

A politika esztétikai dimenziói a 18. századi brit gondolkodásban [The Æsthetic Dimensions of Politics in 18th Century British Thought]. (in manuscript, 66,300 words) Ph.D. Dissertation, Budapest, Eötvös Loránd University, 2000.

Edited special issues

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

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

Edited Books

Laokoón Könyvek [Laocoön Books], Budapest, L’Harmattan Kiadó. ISSN 1789-3615 (editor of the series), 2007–present (published eight books, one book forthcoming in 2013)

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, 193 pp. (=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, 272 pp. (=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, 211 pp. (edited [uncredited], checking translation, notes and postscript)

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


Contact Details

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


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