The CEU community mourns the death of Agnes Heller, one of the most respected Hungarian philosophers, and a good friend to this university. Agnes Heller faced extraordinary challenges in her lifetime. As a teenager, she narrowly escaped deportation by the Nazis, while her father died in Auschwitz. Repeatedly subjected to political persecution because of her writings, Heller was forced into exile in the early 1970s. One of the most penetrating thinkers of our time, she was a founding member of the influential Budapest School.
Earlier this year, when the whole CEU community celebrated her 90th birthday, Heller—surrounded by old friends from Budapest and from the New School in New York City—reflected with humor on her multifaceted life, inspiring among all those who attended.
We will remember her as a great example of academic excellence and moral audacity.