The World We Live In

  • Alexandru Dragomir
  • Gabriel Liiceanu
  • Catalin Partenie

Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 220)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Gabriel Liiceanu
    Pages 1-36
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Alexandru Dragomir
      Pages 39-43
    3. Alexandru Dragomir
      Pages 45-52
    4. Alexandru Dragomir
      Pages 53-61
    5. Alexandru Dragomir
      Pages 63-70
    6. Alexandru Dragomir
      Pages 71-76
    7. Alexandru Dragomir
      Pages 77-85
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Alexandru Dragomir
      Pages 89-111
    3. Alexandru Dragomir
      Pages 113-129
    4. Alexandru Dragomir
      Pages 131-155
    5. Andrei Pleşu
      Pages 157-162
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 163-167

About this book


This book contains twelve engaging philosophical lectures given by Alexandru Dragomir, most of them given during Romania’s Communist regime. The lectures deal with a diverse range of topics, such as the function of the question, self-deception, banalities with a metaphysical dimension, and how the world we live in has been shaped by the intellect. Among the thinkers discussed in these lectures are Anaxagoras, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Nietzsche.

Alexandru Dragomir was a Romanian philosopher born in 1916. After studying law and philosophy at the University of Bucharest (1933–1939), he left Romania to study for a doctorate in philosophy in Freiburg, Germany, under Martin Heidegger. He stayed in Freiburg for two years (1941–1943), but before defending his dissertation he was called back to Romania for military service and sent to the front. After 1948, historical circumstances forced him to become a clandestine philosopher: he was known only within a very limited circle. He died in 2002 without ever publishing anything. It was only after his death that Dragomir's notebooks came to light. His work has been published posthumously in five volumes by Humanitas, Bucharest; the present volume is the first to appear in English translation. In 2009, the Alexandru Dragomir Institute for Philosophy was founded in Bucharest as an independent research institute under the auspices of the Romanian Society for Phenomenology.


Applied phenomenological thinking Anaxagoras, intellect Socrates, refutation, method, confrontation with Athens Plato, the Philebus, ontology, dialectic Aristotle, science, intellect, main types of question Descartes, reason, science, doubt, world, method Metaphysics, spatial and temporal metaphysical banalities Freedom, the divine, metaphysics Dialogue, knowledge, when dialogue is impossible, Time, existence, self-deception

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexandru Dragomir
    • 1
  1. 1.(Deceased)BucharestRomania

Editors and affiliations

  • Gabriel Liiceanu
    • 1
  • Catalin Partenie
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BucharestBucharestRomania
  2. 2.National School of Political Studies and AdministrationBucharestRomania

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