Department of the History of Lithuanian Philosophy

Phone: (8~5) 275 5912
The Head of deparment Dalius VILIŪNAS, PhD, senior researcher 
E-mail:   daliusviliunas@gmail.com
 
Researchers:  
Pillė VELJATAGA,  PhD, senior researcher
Gintaras KABELKA,  PhD, researcher
Alvydas NOREIKA, PhD, researcher
Rūta Marija VABALAITĖ, PhD, researcher
Vygandas ALEKSANDRAVIČIUS, junior researcher
 
The Department is the main research center on the history of Lithuanian philosophy. The area of research – professional philosophy, commenced in Lithuania in 1507, and various non-academical philosophical activities up until XXIst century. The history of Lithuanian philosophy is understood as the reception of the philosophical theories created in Middle Ages, Renaissance and Modern times, as well as in the XXth century, and the input of the philosophy created in Lithuania to the world philosophical heritage. It is presented as the knowledge of the effect of philosophical ideas on the social life, development of sciences, the processes of educational and cultural development. The history of philosophical problems and philosophical concepts, trends and schools, their functioning in various historical contexts is investigated. Also, the works of prominent individual authors are analyzed, and there is a reflection of the historiography itself. 
We accept the broad understanding of Lithuanian studies, taking the intellectual processes in Lithuania as a part of the broader history of European thinking. Their fundamental research is also an enrichment of the Lithuanian research. 
 
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The major work of the department is the preparation of the synthesis of the History of Lithuanian philosophy. It is planned to produce the II volume of it. The total amount of Four volumes is planned.
The results of an investigation in various areas, the translation from different languages (Polish, German, Latin, Russian, English, French, Hebrew) of the texts of Lithuanian philosophical heritage, written in a country and abroad are published in academical articles and in the continuous edition of The History of Lithuanian Philosophy. Monuments and research. 
Currently we are preoccupied with the research into these areas of the history of Lithuanian Philosophy: The philosophy of the Enlightenment and the Romanticism, the philosophy of the Soviet period, Analytical philosophy; the history of Lithuanian Aesthetics, philosophy in exile.  The analysis of the works of particular authors and also of specific philosophical problems is performed. To name a few: the reception of Rousseau in Lithuania, the Vilnius period of Joseph Goluchowski, the conceptions of Vytautas Kavolis and Rolandas Pavilionis, the aestheticism of an early Soviet period, the collection of works of Romanas Bytautas.
The department registers and systematizes the sources of philosophical thinking, publishes the catalog of The scientific sources of Lithuanian philosophy. There has been three already published and the fourth is on the go. 
Cooperates with the Institute of Lithuanian History in implementing the long-term program „The socio-cultural field of the XIXth century: social groups, personalities, creativity, and media"
 
HISTORY. 

It has been set in 1969 as the section of the Social Thought at the Institute of History of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. In 1977 became a department of the History of Lithuanian Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law. In the eighth decade of the XXth century the research on the history of Lithuanian philosophy mainly due to the work of professor Romanas Plečkaitis (1933–2009), had expanded the dominant historiographical paradigm and the notion of Lithuanian cultural heritage. It was refused to set the limits within the ethnolinguistic boundaries and decided to include the theory building performed in many other languages of Lithuania (Latin, Polish, others), thus obtaining the international renown. Having refused the reductionist (Marxist) models of explanation, the methodology of contextual and rational reconstruction has been developed, enabling to be competitive within the contemporary European historiography.  The bio-bibliographical catalog has been collected systemically. The prospects of volumes of a synthetic history of Lithuanian philosophy has been prepared, the translation of the monuments of Lithuanian philosophy has started. The research strategy for the investigation into the history of Lithuanian philosophy has been created and maintained.