Speaker: Leslie Muray
Title: The Influence of Henri Bergson on Mihaly Babits and Zsigmond Moricz
About the Speaker:
Dr. Leslie (Les) A. Muray (Dr. Muray László) was born in Budapest in 1948. He was in second grade at the time of Revolution of 1956 . His parents and he were refugees in Yugoslavia in January, 1957. After four and a half months, they lived in France for two years, finally settling in the Boston area. In addition to Massachusetts, he has lived in Arizona, California, Michigan, and Massachusetts again.
Dr. Muray has a B.A from Whittier College (’71), Rel.M Claremont School of Theology (’73) and Ph.D Claremont Graduate University (1982). He is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Curry College, Milton, MA 02186. He is the author of two books and a hundred articles in five languages. Dr. Muray is also an Episcopal priest.
About the talk:
The title of his talk is “Embracing The Ambiguity of Creativity: the Influence of Henri Bergson on Mihály Babits and Zsigmond Moricz.” It builds on research done during a Fulbright grant in Budapest in the Spring of 2014. Bergson’s vitalist philosophy had an explosive effect in Hungary, influencing a variety of cultural figures across the cultural and political landscape. In Babits and Moricz, the appropriation of Bergson’s thought anticipates contemporary environmental ethics.