Professor, philosopher, writer, literary critic and civic interventor, Eduardo Lourenço, considered one of the most prominent thinkers of Portuguese culture, died today in Lisbon at the age of 97.
In a message sent to the Lusa agency, the former Prime Minister of Portugal (1995/2002) started by mentioning that he does not forget “the friendship with Professor Eduardo Lourenço and his gestures of generous solidarity”.
“It is a great cultural and moral reference of our time. Portugal thought of his whole life, as a reality in which the ancient roots are projected in a future of demand, openness and dialogue. He was a committed and critical humanist and Europeanist, concerned with selfishness and indifference to freedom, ”said the United Nations Secretary-General.
In the same message, António Guterres also noted that Eduardo Lourenço "taught the importance of active citizenship with a strong awareness of social justice".
“His future-oriented patriotism has always given priority to Education, Science and Culture. We will continue to owe much to his example and his memory, ”added the former PS leader between 1992 and 2002.
Eduardo Lourenço Faria was born on May 23, 1923, in S. Pedro do Rio Seco, in the municipality of Almeida, district of Guarda, and died today, in Lisbon, at the age of 97.
Camões Prize and Prémio Pessoa, also received the European Essay Prize Charles Veillon, the Prize of the French Academy, and was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Sant'Iago da Espada of the Order of Infante D. Henrique and the Order of Liberty .
He was also appointed Officer of the French Legion of Honor and consecrated doctor? Honoris Causa 'by the universities of Rio de Janeiro, Coimbra, Nova de Lisboa and Bologna.
Author of more than 40 titles, which testify “an unsettling look at reality”, as highlighted by his peers, he has in “Os Militares eo Poder”, “Labirinto da Saudade”, “Fernando, Rei da Nossa Baviera” and “ Time and Poetry ”some of his main works.