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September 22, 2016
Krzysztof Czyzewski. Leonidas Donskis - a Farewell 
How is it possible? In that one moment, early in the morning at the Vilnius airport on the way from Šeteniai to Petersburg, on that Wednesday the 21st of September, when the world was celebrating the Order of the Smile and in churches people joined in a Prayer for Peace, on the anniversary of Virgil’s passing and the murder of 1159 Jewish neighbours by the death commando in Vėlučionys near Vilnius … (Continue...)
September 21, 2016
Lithuanian Donskis` political career marked with concern for human rights - colleagues 
During his brief political career, Lithuanian philosopher Leonidas Donskis was an engaged defender of human rights including rights for sexual minorities, which made him stand out among other politicians from Central and Eastern Europe, stated his fellow in the European Parliament`s Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Sophia In`t Veld of the Netherlands. (Continue...)
September 21, 2016
Farewell to one of Europe’s leading thinkers, Leonidas Donskis (1962-2016) 
Leonidas Donskis died on September 21, 2016 from an apparent heart attack. He was 54. The Lithuanian Jewish philosopher and public intellectual – he was a political theorist, historian of ideas, social analyst, political commentator, and professor – was little known in the West, but is a major figure in Eastern European thought. He was also a member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014. (Continue...)
September 05, 2016
Is Europe Falling Apart? L. Donskis Discusses with Navid Kermani (video) 
Is Europe Falling Apart? This topic - at the heart of the discussion between Leonidas Donskis and the German writer and journalist Navid Kermani held at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas. Watch the discussion here
July 11, 2016
Dialogue between Krzysztof Czyzewski and Leonidas Donskis about Living on Borderland (video) 
Leonidas Donskis discusses with the Polish writer, the founder of the Borderland Foundation and International Center of Dialogue in Krasnogruda, Poland, Krzysztof Czyzewski on what it means to live on the borderland in terms of bridging individuals, societies, and cultures. Location: Literary Cafe at the International Center of Dialogue. Watch the discussion here
PUBLICATIONS
September 09, 2016
Death of Utopia 
Niccolò Machiavelli, the quint-centenary of whose Discourses on Livy will be celebrated in 2017 as a great event in European history of political ideas (the treatise was written around 1517) is regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern political thought, and rightly so. (Continue...)
August 02, 2016
Doom Sayers Get it Wrong 
We live in the time of fear, panic, and doom-mongering. Never before did the modern Western societies have so little trust in their institutions, so little confidence in their ability to fulfill political visions and programs as they do now. We would be deceiving ourselves in thinking that it had always been so. Social criticism is not fear-mongering, just like the new waves of moral panic should not be equated with so many dystopian novels of the past. (Continue...)
July 15, 2016
The scapegoat for all seasons 
My story is inseparable from my experience as a member of the European Parliament. During my term (2009-2014), I was in a position to witness the debates and political skirmishes in the House that allowed me to anticipate easily what happened recently in the United Kingdom. (Continue...)
July 15, 2016
Isaac Bashevis Singer: Devil in Eastern Europe 
Was the God s on the side of the poor and innocent, or did he side with evil due to being totally neutral and impartial to all of his creations? This was the central theological and philosophical issue for the Nobel Prize winning Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991) – a major Eastern/Central European author who passed away twenty-five years ago. (Continue...)
July 01, 2016
Grotesque, God and miracles 
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991), a great Polish-born Jewish writer, a poet of the East European Jewish soul, the guardian angel of the Yiddish language in modern literature, and a Nobel Prize winner, died twenty-five years ago. This brings us closer to his immense legacy that covers Jewish tradition and modernity, especially his short stories on how modernity came into Jewish life. (Continue...)
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