András Gedö

Hungarian, 1932. Born in Budapest (Hungary). Studied philosophy at the Budapest University of Sciences. PHD 1959, DrSc (Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) 1969. Member of the editorial board of World Marxist Review (Prague) 1961-1971. From 1972 full professor of philosophy at the Institute of Political Studies, Budapest. In 1992 visiting professor at the University of Siena, Italy. From 1982 to 2006 committee member of the International Society for Dialectical Philosophy – Societas Hegeliana, later named the International Hegel-Marx Society for Dialectical Thinking.

He is publishing philosophical works since 1954. His research is focused on theory of knowledge, problems of dialectic, history of philosophy, contemporary philosophy. He is concerned with the categories of rationality and historicity, the concept of philosophical knowledge in theoretical and historical context, he published studies on Leibniz, Kant, Schelling, Hegel, Feuerbach, Nietzsche, idealism in the 19th and 20th century, the structure and main currents of contemporary philosophy, the Frankfurt School, modernity and postmodernity. His writings appeared in German, English, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Japanese, Korean.

Books in German:

Der entfremdete Marx. Berlin and Frankfurt am Main, 1971. (Online: 44 pp. Print publication: 94 pp.)

Philosophie der Krise. Berlin and Frankfurt am Main, 1978.

Philosophie und „Nicht-Philosophie“ nach Hegel. Studien zum Streitfall Dialektik. Essen, 2002.

Essays in German:

“Der philosophische Aufstieg faustischen Menschen,” in Das geistige Erbe Europas, edited by Manfred Buhr (Naples: Vivarium, 1994).

“Dialektik der Negation oder Negation der Dialektik? Die «Frankfurter Schule» im Lichte des Marxismus,” in Philosophie und Politik: Festschrift für Robert Steigerwald (Essen: Neue Impulse Verlag, 2005), pp. 64-85.

Book published in English:

Crisis Consciousness in Contemporary Philosophy. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag; Minneapolis: Marxist Educational Press, 1982. (Studies in Marxism; vol. 11)

Publisher’s Note
Author’s Preface
Chapter 1: "Two Aspects of Bourgeois Crisis Consciousness"
Chapter 2: "The Contemporary Crisis in Bourgeois Philosophy"
   1. Neopositivism: Linguistic Philosophy and Critical Rationalism
   2. Life Philosophy (Lebensphilosophie)
   3. The Structure of Late-Bourgeois Philosophy and Types of Apology
              section 3: “Social technology” and positivism
                      [On Max Weber]
                      [On Karl Popper]

Essays published in English:

The Historical Character of the Concept of Nature’, Nature, Society, and Thought, vol. 1, no. 1, Fall 1987, pp. 129-146.

The Contemporary Attack on Science’, Nature, Society, and Thought, vol. 3, no. 2, 1990, pp. 179-195.

 ‘Gramsci’s Path through the Tension between “Absolute Historicism” and Materialist Dialectic’, Nature, Society, and Thought, vol. 6, no. 1, 1993, pp. 7-40.

’The Irrevocable Presence of Marxist Philosophy in Contemporary Thought’, Nature, Society, and Thought, vol. 7, no. 2, 1994, pp. 133-53.

This article is equivalent to ‘Marxism in Philosophy — Philosophy in Marxism’ (below).

See also András Gedö on Marxism after the demise of the Soviet bloc by R. Dumain.

Why Marx or Nietzsche?’, Nature, Society, and Thought, vol. 11, no. 3, 1998, pp. 331–346.

‘Marxism in Philosophy — Philosophy in Marxism’, in Diverse Perspectives on Marxist Philosophy: East and West, edited by Sara F. Luther, John J. Neumaier, and Howard L. Parsons (Westport, CT.; London: Greenwood Press, 1995), pp. 33-50. (Contributions in Philosophy; no. 53) Papers presented to the 19th World Congress of Philosophy, held in Moscow, Aug. 23-28, 1993. Questia. Google Books.

‘Rationality, History, Philosophy: On the Origins of the Concept of Post-History’, in Reason, Universality, and History: Standpoints on the European Intellectual Tradition, edited by Manfred Buhr and Douglas Moggach (New York: Legas, 2004), pp. 225-240.

See also review by R. Dumain: András Gedö on Rationality, History, Philosophy, and Post-History.

End of the Metaphysical Age?—Marxist Philosophy Facing the Controversial Topics of Metaphysics’, Dang dai guo wai Makesi zhu yi ping lun (Fudan da xue dang dai guo wai Makesi zhu yi yan jiu zhong xin bian) = Contemporary Marxism Review (The Journal of the Center for Contemporary Marxism Abroad, Fudan University), 2001, pp. 241-247. (In Chinese.)

This article consists of three parts. In the first part, it would be argued that the dispute of metaphysics has become a significant feature in the field of current philosophy, and all kinds of schools and standpoints have been involved. There are two poles in this dispute: one is that the transcendence of metaphysics is the sign of the contemporary era, and the other is that the right of metaphysics is retained in more extensive philosophical sphere. And the end of metaphysics is now discussed in reference to Nietzsche and Heidegger, and post-metaphysics is seen as a characteristic of postmodernism. In the second part, the logical positivism and realism would be discussed. Logical positivism prohibits metaphysics strictly. This school prevailed in American philosophical sphere in 1950s but lost its predominance in 1960s and 1970s. And now the question of realism has become the keystone of the dispute of metaphysics. In the various transformations of realism, there appeared the thought of metaphysical realism and the one of materialism. In the third part, the significance of reconstruction of metaphysics from the standpoint of materialist dialectics would be discussed. Here, what would be examined is (1) the qualitative change of the dispute of metaphysics, (2) the historical development, theoretical base, resource and recognition of materialism, (3) the relationship between materialist dialectics and metaphysics since the 17th and 18th century.

Essays published in Portuguese:

‘O Problema Hegel na Discussão Filosofica Actual do Marxismo’, in Marx e Hegel (Marx e o “caso Hegel” (Lisboa, 1985).

‘O idealismo na filosofia burguesa tardia – sua ambiguidade e predominância’, in Filosofia, Historia, Conhecimento. Homenagem a Vasco de Magalhães-Vilhena (Lisboa, 1990).

 ‘O marxismo na filosofia – a filosofia no marxismo’, Vértice, no. 82, 1998.

Other essays:

Works by A. Gedo (1975-1986) in Filosofický Časopis (Praha) [Czech journal. Article titles are listed in English, but articles are probably in German].

YouTube videos:

“In memoriam Szigeti József” Gedö András előadása (2013).

Commentaries on András Gedö:

Eugeniusz Górski, “Andras Gedo o świadomości kryzysu w filozofii współczesnej (A. Gedo, Valsagtudat es filozofia, Budapest 1976),” Studia Filozoficzne 281 (4) (1989). [In Polish: András Gedö on crisis awareness in contemporary philosophy.]

Wolfgang Fritz Haug, “Learning the Dialectics of Marxism.” Incorporates criticism of Gedö’s dogmatism.

Arpad Kadarkay, Georg Lukács: Life, Thought, and Politics (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1991): András Gedö et al on Lukács (1957).

Mark Waller, “Marx and Nietzsche: Beyond the bourgeois world’s Yes’s and No’s” (Spectre, 15 June 2015). Critical evaluation of Gedö’s view of Nietzsche.


SOURCE: Adapted from András Gedö, Databazeknih.cz (also at András Gedö Biographie) and other sources.


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