Hörcher, Ferenc



scientific advisor, director of the institute

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List of publications

Research group


Practical philosophy and history of political thought


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extensions: 130; 224 6779

Research area


Political philosophy, history of political thought, history of aesthetic thought, aesthetics of literature, of the fine arts and of architecture, art- and literary criticism


Research project


Present projects:

-Arts and science in the service of nation building in 19th century Hungary, joint OTKA Project of the Research Centre, led by Gábor Gyáni and Péter Dávidházi

research theme: why is national library and national academy useful? The role of culture in the nation-building programme of the Széchenyis

 -Interdisciplinary OTKA-project to publish the correspondence of József Eötvös. Led by Gábor Gángó

research topic: French and English connections of Baron Eötvös

 -Mos Maiorum research group at Pázmány Péter Catholic University

The Hungarian Historical Constitution in Connection with Recent Constitutional Developments, a panel organised at the Fourth International Conference European Society for the History of Political Thought University of Barcelona, 19-21 October 2016, entitled: Constitutional Moments. Founding Myths, Charters and Constitutions through History
my own contribution: The "urban question" in the constitutional debates of the early 19th century Hungarian Diet

-TAMOP Research at Pázmány Péter Catholic University
Project's aim: editing the conference proceedings of the “Sources of the Civic” Symposium in Rome on Sept. 26-27., organised by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA

-preparing for publication of a volume of essays on famous paintings in the history of early modern and modern European art.



in Hungary

Pázmány Péter Catholic University: liberal arts, Aesthetics, political theory
Eötvös Lóránd University: lecturer at the doctoral school on political philosophy, Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Law, political science

Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár), Romania

Selected publications from the last five years


Hörcher Ferenc: Enlightened Reform or National Reform?: The Continuity Debate about the Hungarian Reform Era and the Example of the Two Széchenyis (1790-1848)
Hungarian Historical Review: New Series of Acta Historica Academiae Scientiarium Hungaricae
5:(1) pp. 22-45.
journal article

Hörcher Ferenc: Universal Morality, In: Szerk.: Hörcher Ferenc, Szerk.: Mester Béla, Szerk.: Turgonyi Zoltán Is a Universal Morality Possible?. Budapest: HAS Research Centre for the Humanities, Institute of Philosophy; L'Harmattan, 2015. pp. 7-18.
book chapter

Hörcher Ferenc: Communal Values in the New Hungarian Fundamental Law, In: Szerk.: Ellen Bos, Szerk.: Pócza Kálmán Verfassunggebung in konsolidierten Demokratien: Neubeginn oder Verfall eines Systems? [Constitution Building in Consolidated Democracies: a New Beginning or Decay of a Political System]. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2014. pp. 346-364.
book chapter

Hörcher Ferenc: Sources of the Other, In: Szerk.: Gens, Jean-Claude, Szerk.: Olay, Csaba Charles Taylor Interprétation, modernité et identité: Interpretation, modernity and identity. Argenteuil: Cercle Herméneutique Éditeur, 2014. pp. 69-91.
book chapter

Horkay Hörcher Ferenc : Esztétikai gondolkodás a felvilágosodás korában (1650-1800), Budapest: Gondolat, 310 p.

Hörcher Ferenc: Law and Literature and the Christian-humanist Educational Ideal in Hungary, Acta Juridica Hungarica: Hungarian Journal of Legal Studies 53:(1) pp. 23-32. (2012)
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