The section Humanities we open with the article by Leonidas Donskis written especially for us and for our publication in 2016, in English. Regretfully, our friend and great philosopher passed away in 2016. Our publication is the tribute to the memory of Leonidas Donskis.
Leonidas Donskis is a Lithuanian philosopher, historian of ideas, and writer. A former member of the European Parliament (2009–2014). Donskis has written and edited over forty books, seventeen of them in English. He combines political theory, history of ideas, philosophy of culture, philosophy of literature, and essayistic style. Among other books, he is co-author (together with Zygmunt Bauman) of Liquid Evil: Living with TINA (2016) and Moral Blindness: The Loss of Sensitivity in Liquid Modernity (2013), and the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Change: Essays on Two Europes (2015); Fifty Letters from the Troubled Modern World: A Philosophical-Political Diary, 2009–2012 (2013), Modernity in Crisis: A Dialogue on the Culture of Belonging (2011), Troubled Identity and the Modern World (2009), Power and Imagination: Studies in Politics and Literature (2008), and Forms of Hatred: The Troubled Imagination in Modern Philosophy and Literature (2003). His works originally written in Lithuanian and English have been translated into Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and Ukrainian. The author of several books of aphorisms published in Canada, Italy, and Lithuania. He serves as Professor of Politics and Philosophy at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania. Donskis holds an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Bradford, the UK (2011), and an Honorary Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from Valahia University in Târgovişte, Romania (2014). Leonidas Donskis also acts as Honorary Consul of Finland in Kaunas, Lithuania.