Gabriel Liiceanu

Philosopher, Author

1942 –

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Who is Gabriel Liiceanu?

Gabriel Liiceanu is a Romanian philosopher.

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, President of the Romanian Publishers' Association, 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. 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 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.

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May 23, 1942
Râmnicu Vâlcea
  • Romania
  • University of Bucharest
Lived in
  • Vâlcea County

on July 23, 2013


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