Leonidas Donskis is a philosopher, political theorist, historian of ideas, social analyst, and political commentator. A professor and lecturer at numerous universities , he has served as a member of the Lithuanian Parliament and, since 2009, as a member of the European Parliament, in Brussels.
Leonidas Donskis was born in 1962, in Klaipeda, Lithuania. He graduated from Lithuanian State Conservatoire (now Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater), majoring in philology and theater. Having received his first doctorate in philosophy from the University of Vilnius, he later earned a second doctorate in social and moral philosophy from the University of Helsinki, Finland.
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.
Donskis has been published widely in international journals and is the author and editor of more than thirty books, ten of them in English, including Troubled Identity and the Modern World (2009), Power and Imagination: Studies in Politics and Literature (2008), Loyalty, Dissent, and Betrayal: Modern Lithuania and East-Central European Moral Imagination (2005), Forms of Hatred: The Troubled Imagination in Modern Philosophy and Literature (2003), Identity and Freedom: Mapping Nationalism and Social Criticism in Twentieth-Century Lithuania (2002), and The End of Ideology and Utopia? Moral Imagination and Cultural Criticism in the Twentieth Century (2000).
Donskis’s works have been translated into Danish, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, and Ukrainian. He edits two book series for Editions Rodopi, B. V. (Amsterdam and New York), one in Baltic studies, and another, VIBS-Value Inquiry Book Series. From 2005 to 2009, he served as a Member of the Standing Committee for the Humanities (SCH) in the European Science Foundation (ESF).