Leonidas Donskis

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Leonidas Donskis is a Lithuanian philosopher, political theorist, historian of ideas and political commentator. He lives in Vilnius and in Brussels, where he serves as a member of the European Parliament, belonging to the right-of-centre Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. In Lithuania, he is known as a staunch defender of human rights and civil liberties. In 2004, the European Commission made him an ambassador for tolerance and diversity in Lithuania. After graduating from the Lithuanian Conservatory he went on to study philosophy at Vilnius University, gaining his second PhD in social and moral philosophy at Helsinki University. A wandering scholar, he has researched and lectured in the USA, Great Britain and Europe. Until June 2009, Leonidas Donskis was a professor of political science at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas. From 2005 to 2009, he also served as professor and dean of Kaunas University’s Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy. He is currently the vice-president for research at  the ISM University of Management and Economics in Kaunas.  

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