Everyday Life
  • Everyday Life

    Agnes Heller.


    Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984. Octavo. Burgundy boards slightly cocked at the front due to a folded stack of notes pressed inside the front cover, moderate soiling near the bottom spine of the dust wrapper. First British edition. 276 pages. Very good.


    Originally published as Mindennapi élet in 1970. In one of her most notable works, Heller explores the politics and philosophy of ordinary men and women, and their ordinary transactions. She analyses the interaction between the individual and the social, both for the roots of everyday behaviour and for the means to change the social fabric. Using an approach that combines Marx, Husserl, Heidegger and Aristotle, Heller deals with characteristics of everyday life such as repetition, rules, norms, economics, habits, probability, imitation. Plus 13 pages of meticulous notes on the text by an erudite previous owner.


    "I felt that I had a debt to pay as a survivor. Writing moral philosophy and philosophy of history for me then became a way to pay my debt as a survivor to the people who could not survive. So in this respect my philosophy became a sacrifice but a sacrifice which I enjoyed. And this is not contradictory, I can sincerely say that my whole life became a sacrifice to pay my debt and simultaneously I enjoyed writing philosophy."