Gabriel Fragnière

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Gabriel Fragnière (Lausanne, 1934) is a Swiss university professor and scientific researcher.

Biography[edit]

Fragnière graduated in Philosophy at the University of Lausanne. He continued with a postgraduate at the College of Europe in Bruges (1959–1960) and became assistant to the rector and director of studies at the College (1961–1966). He then went to the United States and studied during two years the history of religions (1966–1968). In 1993 he obtained his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Maastricht.

Fragnière's career has been entirely devoted to European matters, including domains of education, professional training, university cooperation and social policies. He has been

  • editor of the European Journal of Education (previously Paedagogica Europea), 1973–1980.
  • founder and first general secretary of the Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs, 1973–1980, and of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe, 1976-1980.
  • director of the Centre Européen Travail et Société , Maastricht, 1980–1991
  • director of the EUROTECNET programme of the European Community.
  • founder of Presses Interuniversitaires Européennes (P.I.E), 1985 (taken over by Peter Lang in 1999).
  • part-time director of the program Central European University, Prague, 1991–1993
  • rector of the College of Europe in Bruges, 1993–1995
  • professor of sociology of religions, at the Centre for social studies, Central European University, Warsaw, 2001–2003
  • first chairman of Forum Europe des Cultures, for the defence and promotion of European cultural diversity, 2002-2005. (interim chairman in 2009)
  • president of Mémoire d’Europe, association for the assistance of European citizens in order to know better their identity and common history.
  • director of three collections at PIE – Peter Lang in Brussels: Philosophie et Politique; Dieux, Hommes et Religions; Europe des cultures.

Publications[edit]

  • Le royaume de l’homme, Essai sur la religion et la démocratie (Genève, 1973).
  • L’éducation créatrice (Bruxelles, Paris, 1975). (translated in English, German, Spanish and Portuguese)
  • L’homme et la vie, Biologie contemporaine et éthique (Paris, 1978).
  • Formation et condition humaine au XXIe siècle (PIE, 1991) (Translated in Catalan).
  • Work and Social Policies in the New Europe, with George Spyropoulos (PIE, 1991).
  • L’obligation morale et l’éthique de la prospérité, doctoral thesis. Collection « Philosophie et Politique » N° 2 (PIE, 1993).
  • Stefan Zweig… ou espérer l’Europe et en mourir, Portraits d’Européens (PIE, 1993)
  • Ramon Llull… ou les premiers jalons d’une Europe tolérante, Portraits d’Européens (PIE, 1974)
  • Walter Hallstein… ou une pédagogie politique pour la fédération européenne, Portraits d’européens (PIE, 1995)
  • La certitude et l’action. L’intuition est-elle une connaissance transmissible? (PIE, 1998).
  • La religion et le pouvoir. La chrétienté, l’Occident et la démocratie (PIE - Peter Lang, Collection : « Dieux, Hommes et religions », N° 6, 2005 & 2006) (Italian translation, La religione e il potere, La cristianità, l’Occidente e la democrazia, Edizioni Dehoniane Bologna » 2008).
  • Hendrik Brugmans. Building Europe by educating Europeans (Madariaga Foundation, Brussels, 2006)

To be published:

  • Hendrik Brugmans. Building Europe in Bruges by Educating Europeans, in “Memories of an Evolving Europe, N° 3” (PIE - Peter Lang)
  • Miroir littéraire d’un Européen, Journal personnel, Tome I: La houle du temps
  • Du multiculturalisme à la convivance. Vers une nouvelle culture politique européenne (Coll. Europe des Cultures)

References[edit]

Preceded by
Werner Ungerer
Rectors of the College of Europe
1993-1995
Succeeded by
Otto von der Gablentz