Miklós Almási was head of the Department of Aesthetics from 1978 to 1997. He became member of the Hungarian Academy of Science in 1987, and was awarded the Széchenyi prize in 2004. At the beginning of his academic carreer, Miklós Almási’s fields of interest were aesthetics and philosophy. As a disciple of Georg Lukács, he followed a holistic approach of studying philosophical, sociological and artistic phenomena as a totality and applied it to the analysis of the history of theatre and the role of virtual reality in art. Beside his main field of theatre, from 1990 his interest turned to macroeconomics, in particular to modern finance and theory of money. This change of interest was largely triggered by two longer stays, in 1970 and in 1989-90, in the United States at the Boston University. During these visits he could closely observe the tectonic changes that the American economy and modern financial world underwent from the 90s. The results of these observations were three books on these changes, discussing the impact of the crisis on the world economy and on the structural transformation of developed societies. Miklós Almási teaches Macroeconomics: Post-modern Finance; Crisis Economy and 20th Century Drama and Theatre.
Money that Disappeared. A Book of Crisis. (Hová tűnt az a rengeteg pénz? Válságkönyv.) Budapest, Athenaeum, 2009.
Small Pieces on Hegel. (Kis Hegel Könyv), Athenaeum, 2005.
On the Spirit of the Age (Korszellemv@dászat), Budapest, Helikon, 2002.
Anti-Aesthetics – A Theory of Arts, (Anti-esztétika), Budapest, Helikon, 2002.
Marbles: Global Economic Games at the End of the Century. (Üveggolyók. Ezredvég globális játékai.) Budapest, Helikon, 1998.
The Revolution of Money. (Napóra a Times Squaren. A pénz forradalma). Budapest, T-Twins, 1995.
The Philosophy of Appearances. Kluver Academic Publisher, Boston, 1990.
What’s Up, Anton Pavlovits? The World According to Chekhov. (Mi lesz velünk, Anton Pavlovics? Csehov drámai világa), Budapest, Magvető, 1985.
Kafka, unser Zeitgenosse, München, 1984.
Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies
Department of Aesthetics
Eötvös Loránd University
Mail: Múzeum krt. 6-8 1088-Budapest Hungary
Personal homepage: http://almasi.elte.hu
Office hours: Tuesday 10-11, room 38
Phone: (36) 14116570