Denis Lerrer Rosenfield

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Denis Lerrer Rosenfield
Born (1950-11-21) November 21, 1950 (age 66)[1]
Porto Alegre, Brazil
School Hegelianism
Institutions National Autonomous University of Mexico
Pantheon-Sorbonne University
Main interests
Political philosophy, democracy, politics, public affairs, politics, ethics[2]

Denis Lerrer Rosenfield, Ph.D. is a Brazilian writer and columnist. Along with Patrícia Carlos de Andrade, co-founded the Instituto Millenium (as Instituto de Estudos da Realidade Nacional - IERN) in 2005.[3]

Academic life[edit]

Rosenfield has a degree in philosophy from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and in 1982 he earned a doctorate in philosophy from Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne).[1] In 1999, he obtained a post-doctorate at the École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines (Fontenay/St Cloud).[4]

He is Professor of Philosophy at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.[2]


Great defender of individual liberties[5] and of the right to private property,[6] Rosenfield has positioned himself against state interference in citizens' lives - even in those cases where the established common good is at stake, like the smoking ban in public places.[7] In an interview to "Veja"'s magazine in 2011, he presents ANVISA (a Brazilian government agency similar to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)) as "the great tutor of the Brazilian citizen, one who knows everything and to whom we owe blind obedience." According to Rosenfield, ANVISA was being run by "schizophrenics" whose sole purpose is to meddle in the lives of the Brazilians.[8]

Rosenfield sees no problem in being called a "rightist", since it means "the defense of personal freedom, of the state and of the property rights."[8]

Selected publications[edit]

  • — (2007). Reflexões sobre o direito à propriedade. Rio de Janeiro: Elsevier Editora. p. 207. 
  • — (2009). Liberdade de Escolha. Rio de Janeiro: Casa da Palavra Produção Editorial. p. 95. 


  1. ^ a b "Biografia" (in Portuguese). Universidade Falada. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Denis Lerrer Rosenfield" (in Portuguese). UFRGS. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  3. ^ Carlos Alberto Teixeira (2005-03-16). "Debate sobre a realidade nacional" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Curriculum Lattes" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  5. ^ Denis Rosenfield (2012-05-13). "Liberdade às avessas" (in Portuguese). Instituto Millenium. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  6. ^ Denis Rosenfield (2010-02-16). "A criação de quilombos" (in Portuguese). Instituto Millenium. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  7. ^ Prof. Dr. Sérgio Luís Boeira. "Resposta ao Denis Rosenfield sobre o tabagismo" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  8. ^ a b "O estado não pode tudo" (in Portuguese). Veja (magazine). 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 

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