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On April 24, the Institute for Human Ecology will host a lecture by Ryszard Antoni Legutko. He lived and suffered under communism for decades. After the collapse of the communist regime he co-founded the Centre for Political Thought, which combines research, teaching, seminars, and conferences and is also a publishing house. He has translated and written commentaries on Plato’s Phaedo (1995), Euthyphro (1998), and Apology (2003). He is the author of several books: Plato’s Critique of Democracy (1990), Toleration (1997), A Treatise on Liberty (2007), An Essay on the Polish Soul (2008), and Socrates (2013). In 2005, he was elected to a seat in the Polish Senate (representing the Law and Justice Party), where he became Deputy Speaker. In 2007, he was Poland’s Education Minister, and in 2007-2009 Secretary of State in the Chancellery of President Lech Kaczyński. He is currently a member of the European Parliament, where he sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and a Vice-Chair of the Conservatives and Reformists parliamentary group. He is speaking at Harvard, Notre Dame, and CUA about his new book, The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies, which was well reviewed in First Things.
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