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Gabriel Liiceanu (Romanian pronunciation: [ɡabriˈel li.iˈt͡ʃe̯anu] ; b. May 23, 1942, Râmnicu-Vâlcea) 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 has been the manager of Humanitas publishing house since 1990 [ citation needed ]. 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 (1990), president of the Romanian Publishers' Association (since 2000), 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 (an experience that he evokes in his famous "Jurnalul de la Păltiniş" - "The Păltiniş Diary"). 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 and Pleşu are still friends today). 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. Liiceanu continued to publish well into the 2000s, and he remains a mainstream figure in Romanian intellectual public life, with close connections with Andrei Plesu, Monica Lovinescu and Virgil Ierunca.One critic, Gabriel Andreescu, suggested that Liiceanu allegedly facilitated extremism by allowing his publishing house to edit the works of inter-war (Communist-persecuted) Romanian figures whom Andreescu accused of being "ideologues of right-wing extremism".
His books are currently being published in Brazil by Editora Ecclesiae.
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Notorietatea pe care au căpătat-o oamenii de presă și de carte din categoria autorilor citați face ca valorile democrației liberale moderne să se afle astăzi în defensivă. Cazul lui Gabriel Liiceanu, care a promovat prin editura sa voga naționaliștilor și a iraționaliștilor interbelici – ideologi ai extremismului de dreapta –, sau al lui Horia-R. Patapievici, autorul unei cărți pe cât de reacționară, pe atât de succes, arată rolul intelectualilor antiminoritari și antimulticulturaliști în pregătirea unei atmosfere propice curentelor extremiste.