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Dialogue and Universalism

Volume 27, Issue 1, 2017

Values and Ideals. Theory and Practice: Part II

Xiaoyi Zhang
Pages 165-176

How to Become a Decent Person in the Modern World
On Agnes Heller’s Philosophy of Morals

This paper explores Agnes Heller’s theory of morals. A widespread belief claims that Europe has been in a general spiritual crisis and cultural anxiety since the 20th century. A number of thinkers in Central and Eastern Europe contributed to theoretically dealing with this crisis; they intended to reconstruct and so change European culture. They reflected modernity from the standpoint of cultural criticism with deep moral concern and a high sense of historical responsibility. Among them, Heller deeply analyzes the human condition and dilemma of morals in the modern world, and in effect proposes an ethics of personality.