Leonidas Donskis (b. 1962) is a Lithuanian philosopher, political theorist, historian of ideas, social analyst and political commentator. Since 2009 he is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).
Until 7 June 2009, Leonidas Donskis acted as Professor of Political Science at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. From 2005 to 2009, he served as Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy Vytautas Magnus University. In addition, he still acts as Docent of Social and Moral Philosophy at the University of Helsinki, and as Extraordinary Visiting Professor of Cultural Theory at Tallinn University, Estonia.
His main scholarly interests lie in philosophy of history, philosophy of culture, philosophy of literature, philosophy of the social sciences, civilization theory, political theory, history of ideas, and studies in Central and East European thought.
Among his most important works are: The End of Ideology and Utopia? Moral Imagination and Cultural Criticism in the Twentieth Century (2000), Identity and Freedom: Mapping Nationalism and Social Criticism in Twentieth-Century Lithuania (2002); Forms of Hatred: The Troubled Imagination in Modern Philosophy and Literature (2003); Troubled Identity and the Modern World (2009).
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