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A Critique of the Ethical Revisionism of Agnes Heller: Hungary.

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The fight against revisionism is one of the most important fields in the ideological struggle of our times. Since the l9S7 Moscow Conference of the Communist Parties, several works took up the critical evaluation of revisionism, analyzing the situation objectively, and designated revisionism as the principal danger to the international workers movement. These works first analyzed revisionism in general, and then explained its characteristic aspects as they appeared in different countries. The present period in its development makes it necessary that we examine revisionism not only on a general plane, but also in relation to the different branches of science. One of the relatively neglected fields of the struggle against revisionism is in the field of ethics. In Hungary, the principal representative of revisionism in ethics is Agnes Heller, a pupil of George Lukacs. So far, the criticism of Agnes Hellers ethical principles was rendered difficult by the fact that she expounded her revisionist ethical opinions in a coherent system -only in two volumes, which contained the notes taken by her at university lectures. One of the unwritten laws of scientific ethics is, that the subject of criticism should not be a work which is still in manuscript form, or a collection of lecture notes which was prepared by the author only for teaching purposes and left unfinished, being compiled without the necessary thoroughness. This rule which is intended to Safeguard the interests of the author and at the same time creates an obligation toward the work then it appears in book farm - is correct in general.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law

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