Issue no. 91 of the art theory journal, Enigma has been recently published. Deodáth Zuh, our colleague figures there as guest editor of Arnold Hauser's early works and makes an attempt to cast new light on the genesis of Hauser's sociologically informed theory of art by tracing them back to his Budapest, resp. Vienna period. Present issue contains a series of pre-war Hungarian articles, and an originally German essay on the process of gathering samples for an interpretive sociology of film. Some freshly processed documents, and a lengthy editorial introduction completes this collection of texts. Issue No. 91 of Enigma is a joint product of Research Group for Art Historiography of RCH HAS, and MTA Lendület Morals and Science Research Group. It was dedicated to the loving memory of Árpád Tímár.


The latest special issue of Studies in East European Thought on The Life and Work of Philipp Frank, edited by Adam Tamas Tuboly, has been published.

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of Philipp Frank’s (1884–1966) death. As a physicist-turned-philosopher, Frank played an important role in developing the Vienna Circle’s scientific world-conception [wissenschaftliche Weltauffassung] in Vienna and later in Prague with Rudolf Carnap. He was also responsible for the dissemination of the ideas of logical empiricism and modern scientific thought for the layman, which task he continued in the United States through the institutionalization of the unified science movement. This special issue aims to bring new perspectives to the texts and contexts of Frank, originating in a special Eastern- European context, to understand the rise and decline of his thinking, (meta-) philosophical commitments, and projects.

1. Adam Tamas Tuboly: Editorial Introduction: Philipp Frank, a physicist-turned philosopher.
2. Gerald Holton: Philipp Frank and the Wiener Kreis: from Vienna to Exile in the USA
3. Anne Siegetsleitner: Philipp Frank on relativity in science and morality
4. George Reisch: Pragmatic engagements: Philipp Frank and James Bryant Conant on science, education, and democracy
5. Amy Wuest: Simplicity and scientific progress in the philosophy of Philipp Frank
6. Adam Tamas Tuboly: Philipp Frank’s decline and the crisis of logical empiricism

Ferenc Hörcher's paper on "Dramatic Mimesis and Civic Education in Aristotle, Cicero and Renaissance Humanism" has been published in  Aisthesis. Pratiche, linguaggi e saperi dell’estetico, [S.l.], v. 10, n. 1, p. 87-96, Jul. 2017. ISSN 2035-8466. Available here.
The paper addresses the Aristotelian analysis (and its aftermath) of the concept of dramatic mimesis from a social and cultural angle, with special interest in its fostering sociability. 

Ádám Tamás Tuboly's paper on "Carnap's Weltanschauung and the Jugendbewegung: the story of an omitted chapter" has been published in Friedrich Stadler's "Integrated History and Philosophy of Science: Problems, Perspectives, and Case Studies" (Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook, vol. 20. Springer 129-144) volume. The paper deals with the question that why did Carnap cut from his famous intellectual autobiography that chapter which describes his influential years in the so-called German Youth Movement (Jugendbewegung).

Balazs Gyenis’ „Maxwell and the normal distribution: A colored story of probability, independence, and tendency toward equilibrium” is forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.

The abstract of the paper:

We investigate Maxwell’s attempt to justify the mathematical assumptions behind his 1860 Proposition IV according to which the velocity components of colliding particles follow the normal distribution. Contrary to the commonly held view we find that his molecular collision model plays a crucial role in reaching this conclusion, and that his model assumptions also permit inference to equalization of mean kinetic energies (temperatures), which is what he intended to prove in his discredited and widely ignored Proposition VI. If we take a charitable reading of his own proof of Proposition VI then it was Maxwell, and not Boltzmann, who gave the first proof of a tendency towards equilibrium, a sort of H-theorem. We also call attention to a potential conflation of notions of probabilistic and value independence in relevant prior works of his contem- poraries and of his own, and argue that this conflation might have impacted his adoption of the suspect independence assumption of Proposition IV.

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