Presentation

Father Manuel Antunes is 100 years old in the current Year of 2018, a fertile year in celebrations of significant dates. In 2018, we mark the hundred years of the end of World War I, the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx and the 600th anniversary of the official discovery of the archipelago of Madeira, with the arrival of the Portuguese caravels on the Island of Porto Santo, an event that marks the official beginning of protoglobalization and the beginning of the European movement of systematic discovery of the paths of the unknown seas of planet Earth.

Nowadays there is a great consensus on the importance and meaning of the pedagogical and intellectual magisterium of Manuel Antunes, considered to be one of the most remarkable thinkers of the Portuguese twentieth century.

Father Manuel Antunes, sj (1918-1985), born in Sertã, studied and made his cursus honorum in the Society of Jesus, where he carried out various missions and functions as a teacher, as a counsellor in the Jesuit province, as editor and then director of the journal Brotéria, since 1955. However, it was as professor of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon since 1957 where he excelled greatly, becoming an influential and well-known figure. He had around 15 thousand students in his classes of classical culture and philosophy, who still remember him as a masterful teacher, greatly cultured, with the ability to connect and analyse the great issues of the past in articulation with the moments and issues of the present. He left behind a considerable body of written work, almost always in the form of articles and essays published in the periodicals of the Society of Jesus, in the Encyclopaedias Verbo and Logos, having authored many of his writings using 126 pseudonyms. Some of these texts were transformed in reference books, among which we can highlight Indicadores de Civilização and Repensar Portugal. Between 2005 and 2012, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation published his Complete Works in 14 volumes, showcasing the diversity of themes Manuel Antunes analysed and critically reflected, from theory of culture, education and philosophy, through literary criticism, theology, and international relations. A distinctive aspect of his intellectual magisterium is its forward-looking characteristics, when analysing tendencies and perspectives of the world and contemporary man. For this reason, he is still a relevant figure regarding his analysis and critical perspectives, and can be considered one of the most insightful hermeneutists of modern culture and societies of the Portuguese twentieth century. With a clear and sharp writing, he provided us with critical syntheses that became a reference in areas such as classical culture, philosophy, theology, history of culture, education, literary criticism, enabling an “x-ray” of modern man and societies, of political analyses and international relations. His writings, since the 1940s until the time of his death in 1985, can still be very useful, inspiring us to understand our world and meet future challenges.

We will mark the Centenary of the birth of this major figure of Portuguese culture with various initiatives (books, exhibitions and scientific events), in order to fulfil the main objectives of making known, at a national and international level, and as widely as possible, the life, teaching and thought of Father Manuel Antunes, and we will think Portugal, Europe and the World against the backdrop of the intellectual and pedagogical legacy of this honoured thinker.

COMISSÃO DE HONRA DO CENTENÁRIO *
  • Presidente da República Portuguesa
  • Presidente da Assembleia da República Portuguesa
  • Cardeal Patriarca de Lisboa
  • Ministro da Cultura
  • Ministro da Educação
  • Ministro da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior
  • Presidente da Academia das Ciências de Lisboa
  • Presidente da Academia Portuguesa da História
  • Reitor da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Reitor da Universidade de Coimbra
  • Reitora da Universidade Católica Portuguesa
  • Reitor da Universidade Aberta
  • Presidente da Câmara Municipal da Sertã
  • Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
  • Presidente da Assembleia Municipal da Sertã
  • Presidente da Junta de Freguesia da Sertã
  • Presidente da Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
  • Presidente da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Bispo da Diocese de Portalegre-Castelo Branco
  • Presidente do Instituto Camões
  • Diretor da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Presidente do Centro Nacional de Cultura
  • Diretor do Centro de Filosofia da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Diretor do Centro de Literaturas e Culturas Lusófonas e Europeias da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Presidente Superior Geral da Companhia de Jesus dos Jesuítas
  • Provincial dos Jesuítas em Portugal
  • Diretor da Revista Brotéria
  • Presidente da Sociedade Internacional de Estudos Jesuítas em Portugal
  • Presidente do Instituto Europeu de Ciências da Cultura Padre Manuel Antunes
  • Presidente da Casa da Comarca da Sertã
  • Adriano Moreira
  • António Ramalho Eanes
  • António Vaz Pinto, sj
  • Eduardo Lourenço
  • Eduardo Marçal Grilo
  • Eunice Muñoz
  • Fernando Dacosta
  • Francisco Pinto Balsemão
  • Francisco Sarsfield Cabral
  • Jaime Gama
  • Jorge Sampaio
  • José Pacheco Pereira
  • José Paulo Farinha
  • Lídia Jorge
  • Luís Miguel Cintra
  • Manuel Ferreira Patrício
  • Manuel Sérgio
  • Maria do Céu Guerra
  • Matilde Sousa Franco

 

 

* Alguns nomes de personalidades patentes neste elenco ainda estão sujeitos a confirmação.

COMISSÃO CONSULTIVA DO CENTENÁRIO
  • Família do Padre Manuel Antunes
  • Cláudia Sofia André
  • Paulo Farinha Luís
  • Celso Matias