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Kaunas plans to erect statue to late philosopher Donskis

Kaunas plans to erect statue to late philosopher Donskis

May 24, 2017

Lithuania`s second-biggest city of Kaunas is planning to put up a statue of Leonidas Donskis, a prominent Lithuanian philosopher who died of a heart attack last year....

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry Honours The Memory Of Leonidas Donskis

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry Honours The Memory Of Leonidas Donskis

May 18, 2017

On 17 May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania held a solemn event in memory of Prof. Leonidas Donskis and celebrated his contribution to the spread of European values. One of the halls at the Foreign Ministry was named the `Europe Hall` to remind our future generations about the values Prof. Donskis cherished....

VMU to Host Conference in Memory of Leonidas Donskis

VMU to Host Conference in Memory of Leonidas Donskis

May 02, 2017

On May 11-12, VMU will be hosting an interdisciplinary conference in memory of philosopher, VMU Professor Leonidas Donskis, entitled The Interdisciplinary Intellectual Practices and Moral Imagination of Leonidas Donskis. More information here

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Publications

War and Peace Eastern Europe: the Ukrainian Lessons

War and Peace Eastern Europe: the Ukrainian Lessons

February 05, 2015

This paper is based on the presentation made at the Fifth international conference on Baltic and Nordic Studies in Romania A piece of culture, a culture of peace, re-imaging European communities in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and Black Sea regions, hosted by the Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies and Valahia University of Târgovişte, August 17-19, 2014. (Continue...)

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The dissonances of Realpolitik and human rights

The dissonances of Realpolitik and human rights

September 14, 2011

By Leonidas Donskis

The great Russian humanist, dissident and human rights defender Andrei Sakharov (1921–1989), whose 90th anniversary we marked on May 21, 2011, and in whose name the supreme EP award in the sphere of the defense of human rights was initiated, when asked about what kind of universal ideology could be adopted by humanity in the future, described the universality of human rights and our commitment to defend them as the only set of values and ideas capable of bridging the gulfs and reconciling the opposites. Otherwise, according to the patron saint of Russian and East European liberal dissent, we would be trapped in ideological fights and culture wars for the years and decades to come....

Neither Friend nor Enemy: Israel in the EU

Neither Friend nor Enemy: Israel in the EU

November 24, 2014

This summer I finished a five-year term as a member of the European Parliament (EP), so I was not as shocked as I might have been when, in July, Italian celebrity philosopher and fellow Member of Parliament Gianni Vattimo said that he “would like to shoot those bastard Zionists” and suggested that we Europeans ought to raise money “to buy more rockets for Hamas.” This was extreme even by the standards of the European political and academic elites. (Continue...)

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