Ryszard Legutko

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Ryszard Legutko
Ryszard Legutko
(Kielce, 25 February 2014)
Co-chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists
Polish Delegation
Assumed office
11 December 2011
ChairmanSyed Kamall
Serving alongsideHans-Olaf Henkel
Raffaele Fitto
Roberts Zīle
Helga Stevens
Geoffrey Van Orden
Jan Zahradil (until 2014)
Derk Jan Eppink (until 2014)
Minister of National Education
In office
13 August 2007 – 16 November 2007
Prime MinisterJarosław Kaczyński
Preceded byRoman Giertych
Succeeded byKatarzyna Hall
Member of the European Parliament
for Lesser Poland and Świętokrzyskie
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Member of the European Parliament
for Lower Silesian and Opole
In office
14 July 2009 – 2 July 2014
Personal details
Born (1949-12-24) 24 December 1949 (age 68)
Kraków, Poland
Political partyLaw and Justice
Alma materJagiellonian University
OccupationPolitician, philosopher

Ryszard Antoni Legutko (Polish pronunciation: [ˈrɨʂart anˈtɔɲi lɛˈɡutkɔ]), born 24 December 1949, is a Polish philosopher and politician. Professor of philosophy at the Jagellonian University in Kraków, specializing in ancient philosophy and political theory.[1]

Under communism he was one of the editors of the samizdat quarterly “Arka”. After the collapse of the communist regime he co-founded the Centre for Political Thought, which combines research, teaching, seminars and conferences and is also a publishing house.[2] He has translated and written commentaries to Plato’s Phaedo (1995), Euthyphro (1998) and Apology (2003). He is the author of several books: Plato’s Critique of Democracy (1990), Toleration (1997), A Treatise on Liberty (2007) and An Essay on the Polish Soul (2008), Socrates (2013).

In 2005 he was elected to a seat in the Polish Senate (representing the Law and Justice Party), where he became Deputy Speaker. In 2007 he was Poland’s Education Minister, and in 2007-2009 Secretary of State in the Chancellery of President Lech Kaczyński. He is currently a member of the European Parliament, where he sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and a Co-chairman of the Conservatives and Reformists parliamentary group[3].

Sued in 2010 for violation of personal rights by calling students who demanded removal of Christian symbols from a public school “unruly brats spoiled by their parents”, he asked for a dismissal of the case based on his immunity as a member of European Parliament. In 2011 the court denied that request.[4] Plaintiffs are represented by an attorney on a pro-bono basis under the Precedential Cases Program of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.[5]

Fellow of Collegium Invisibile as a professor of philosophy.[6]



  • Legutko, Ryszard (1990). Plato’s Critique of Democracy.
  • — (1997). Toleration.
  • — (2007). A treatise on liberty.
  • — (2008). An essay on the Polish Soul.
  • — (2013). Socrates.
  • — (2016). The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies. ISBN 1594038635.

Essays and reporting[edit]

  • Legutko, Ryszard (Jan–Feb 2016). "Letter from Warsaw". Quadrant. 60 (1–2): 70–72.


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