Gabriel Liiceanu

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Gabriel Liiceanu

Gabriel Liiceanu (Romanian pronunciation: [ɡabriˈel li.iˈt͡ʃe̯anu]; b. May 23, 1942, Râmnicu-Vâlcea) is a Romanian philosopher.[1]

He graduated from the University of Bucharest's Faculty of Philosophy in 1965, and from Faculty of Classical Languages in 1973. He earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Bucharest in 1976.

Between 1965 and 1975, Liiceanu was a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy, and between 1975 and 1989 at the Institute of Art History. He received a fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation between 1982 and 1984.

He is the manager of Humanitas publishing house since 1990. He has been professor at the University of Bucharest's Faculty of Philosophy since 1992.

Liiceanu is also a founding member of the Group for Social Dialogue (1990), President of the Romanian Publishers' Association (since 2000), and member of the scientific council of New Europe College. Between 1998 and 2001, he was a member of the Romanian National Television's Administrative Board.

He was greatly influenced by his mentor, Constantin Noica, especially during the time spent at Păltiniş (an experience that he evokes in his famous "Jurnalul de la Păltiniş" - "The Păltiniş Diary"). Noica, a Romanian philosopher known abroad as well as in the country, used to take his most valuable students and followers to his small house at Păltiniş, where he would teach them what they afterwards called "not philosophy lessons, but spiritual experiences". Another Noica follower who was invited to Păltiniş was Andrei Pleșu (Liiceanu and Pleşu are still friends today). Liiceanu refers to that experience in his books as the "Păltiniş School" and the term began to be widely accepted and used in Romanian, as well as European, philosophy. Liiceanu continued to publish well into the 2000s, and he remains a mainstream figure in Romanian intellectual public life, with close connections with Andrei Plesu, Monica Lovinescu and Virgin Irerunca,.[2] It should also be noted that some critics, such as the Romanian writer Gabriel Andreescu, suggested that Liiceanu allegedly facilitated extremism by allowing his publishing house to edit the works of inter-war (Communist-persecuted) Romanian figures whom Andreescu accuse of being "ideologues of right-wing extremism".[3]

Work[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Tragicul. O fenomenologie a limitei şi depăşirii (The Tragic - A Phenomenology of limit and overtaking), 1975
  • Încercare în politropia omului şi a culturii (Essay on the polytropy of man and culture), 1981
  • Jurnalul de la Păltiniş. Un model paideic în cultura umanistă (The Paltiniş Diary: A Paideic Model in Humanist Culture), 1983
  • Le Journal de Păltiniş, La Decouverte, Paris, 1998
  • Paltiniş Diary, CEU Press, Budapest and New York, 2000
  • Epistolar (Epistolary), 1987, coauthor and editor
  • Apel către lichele (Appeal to knaves), 1992
  • Cearta cu filozofia. Eseuri (Quarrel with philosophy. Essays), 1992
  • Despre limită (On limit), 1994
  • De la limite, Ed. Michalon, Paris, 1997
  • Itinerariile unei vieţi: EM. Cioran urmat de Apocalipsa după Cioran. Trei zile de convorbiri - 1990, 1995
  • Itineraires d'une vie: E.M. Cioran suivi de Les Continents de l'insomnie, Ed. Michalon, Paris, 1995
  • Apocalypsen enligt Cioran, Dualis Forlags, Ludvika, Suedia, 1997
  • Declaraţie de iubire (Love declaration), 2001
  • Uşa interzisă (The Forbidden door), 2002
  • Om şi simbol. Interpretări ale simbolului în teoria artei şi filozofia culturii (Man and Symbol. Interpretations of the symbol in art theory and culture philosophy), 2005
  • Despre minciună (On lie), 2006
  • Despre ură (On hate), 2007
  • Scrisori către fiul meu, 2008
  • Întâlnire cu un necunoscut, 2010
  • Întâlnire în jurul unei palme Zen, 2011

Translations[edit]

from Greek and German:

Movies[edit]

  • Exerciţiu de admiraţie (Exercise of Admiration), 1991, with Constantin Chelba (coauthor)
  • interview with Eugène Ionesco, 1992
  • Apocalipsa după Cioran (Apocalypse according to Cioran), 1995, with Sorin Ilieşiu (coauthor)

Audiobooks[edit]

  • Uşa interzisă (The Forbidden Door), 2003
  • Noica, 2003, with Andrei Pleșu (coauthor)
  • Apel către lichele (Appeal to knaves), 2006
  • Declaraţie de iubire (Love declaration), 2006
  • Sebastian, mon frère. Scrisoare către un frate mai mare (Sebastian, mon frère. Letter to an elder brother), 2006
  • Strategii ale seducţiei. De la Romeo şi Julieta la sărutul cioranian (Strategies of seduction. From Romeo and Juliet to Cioranian kiss), 2006

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Organizations, Organization of Phenomenology (2007). Phenomenology 2005. Zeta Books. pp. 73–. ISBN 978-973-88632-0-0. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Monica Lovinescu (2006), Jurnal 1998-2000, Editura Humanitas.
  3. ^ Andreescu, Gabriel (2003). "Ideologii, discursuri, asocieri extremiste". Extremismul de dreapta în România (pdf). Cluj: Centrul pentru Diversitate Etnoculturală. p. 26. ISBN 973-85738-8-2. Retrieved July 2, 2011. Notorietatea pe care au căpătat-o oamenii de presă și de carte din categoria autorilor citați face ca valorile democrației liberale moderne să se afle astăzi în defensivă. Cazul lui Gabriel Liiceanu, care a promovat prin editura sa voga naționaliștilor și a iraționaliștilor interbelici – ideologi ai extremismului de dreapta –, sau al lui Horia-R. Patapievici, autorul unei cărți pe cât de reacționară, pe atât de succes, arată rolul intelectualilor antiminoritari și antimulticulturaliști în pregătirea unei atmosfere propice curentelor extremiste. 

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