Gáspár Miklós Tamás

Gáspar Miklós Tamás (1948) is a Hungarian philosopher born in Romania and living in Budapest. Blacklisted as a dissident, he left for Hungary in 1978 to teach philosophy at the University of Budapest. From 1986 he also taught in the West. In the late 1980s he supported the creation of the Liberal Party in Hungary, and was elected to parliament in 1989 and 1990. He is also visiting Professor at the Central European University in Budapest. After an essay on Descartes in 1977, he published books on political philosophy and social theory. His works have been translated into 12 languages.

Under fire

It was one of the great hopes after the fall of Communism that the problems of the East European and East Central European national minorities would be eased and their rights asserted, without the nation-states feeling that this would be a threat or a humiliation to them.To this promise was linked the hope of European federalism, that withering away of physical borders which the liberal Romanian foreign minister Nicolae Titulescu (1883-1941) promoted in vain between the two World Wars and which seemed to be about to be realized through the eastward expansion of NATO and the European Union. In fact, […]