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Aurel Kolnai

(1900—1973) philosopher


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Aurel Kolnai was born Aurél Stein in Budapest on 5 December 1900 and died in London on 28 June 1973. Of Jewish origin, he attended Budapest's Evangelical (Lutheran) Gymnasium, which also graduated Nobel Prize winner Eugene Wigner and mathematics genius John von Neumann. The University of Vienna awarded him a doctorate in philosophy in 1926, the year in which he was received into the Church of Rome. He eked out a living as a political journalist until 1937, when, with the shadow of Nazism lengthening, he fled the old imperial capital and for the next three years moved between London, Zurich, Bern and Paris. From 1940 to 1945 he and his wife lived in near poverty in New York and Boston. In 1945 he accepted a position on the faculty of Laval University in Quebec. There he taught until 1955, when he moved to England and, from 1959 until his death, was visiting lecturer in philosophy at Bedford College London.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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