Vasile Frateanu

Vasile Frateanu

Vasile Frăteanu is PhD university professor at the „Babeş-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca.



He was born on February, 24, 1942 in Timişoara and he attended the „Gh. Bariţiu” High school, Cluj-Napoca (1948-1959). Between 1959 and 1964 he attended the courses of the Philology College of Cluj-Napoca, (the licence examination – 1965): he later obtained the PhD in Philology (specialty: Aesthetics) at the University of Bucharest (1975) with the thesis “ Myth And Culture At Nietzsche”.

Professional Activity

Out of his vast professional activity, we must emphasize that he was editor of The Literature Publishing House, the Cluj-Napoca branch (1966-1970), editor for the „Dacia” Publishing House (1970-1975), assistant professor at the Schooling Collective for the Foreign Citizens of the „Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca (1975-1985), teacher at the „Emil Racoviţă” and „Gheorghe Şincai” High schools from Cluj-Napoca (September, 1, 1985 – November, 1, 1985), chief librarian at the Central University Library of Cluj-Napoca (1985 – 1992). He has also held the positions of Head of the Philosophy Department (2000-2002) and Head of the Systematic Philosophy Department (1999-2004), from the „Babeş-Bolyai” University.


Lately, he has held several positions: since 1992, docent at the „Babeş-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, the titular of the Ontology, Metaphysics, Philosophy and Theology courses, since 2003, professor at the „Babeş-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, the titular of the Ontology, Metaphysics, Philosophy and Theology courses.


Among his activities, the following are to be highlit: PhD Tutor (since 2005); President Of The Commissions For Granting The 1st Didactic Degree and scientific tutor for the drafting of the candidates’ papers, Member of the Editorial College of the „Studia Universitatis” magazine, Babeş-Bolyai; Member of the Editorial College of the magazine: “Thinking, Culture, Society”; Member of the Cultural Association „Lucian Blaga”.


He has been awarded: - The Romanian Academy’s Vasile Conta Prize for the paper Metaphysics Treaty (2002); - Outstanding Professional Award, for dedicated Achievements in the Field of Philosophy, American Biographical Institute, Inc., USA (2002); - Man of the Year, American Biographical Institute, USA (2002). [change] RememebrancesSimilarly, he has been mentioned in Great Minds of the 21st Century (The Section Dedications), due to significant Accomplishments within and Mastery of Philosophy, American Biographical Institute, USA (2003); 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, Second Edition, in Honour of an Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Philosophy, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England (2003); Leading Intellectuals of the World, Third Edition, The Section Genius Elite, for remarkable Achievements in the Field of Philosophy, American Biographical Institute, USA, (2004).


Out of his long list of publications, the most outstanding are:

1. The PhD thesis: Myth And Culture At Nietzsche” (University of Bucharest, 1975, 372 p).

2. The Critique Of The Mythical Thinking, Dacia Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, 1980, 352 p.

3. Consciousness And Lucidity- Essay On Subjectivity (Philosophical Essay), Dacia Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, 1987, 152 p.; The 2nd revised issue, "The Scientific Book House", Cluj-Napoca, 1994, 150 p., ISBN 973-96574-8-6; English translation - Essay on Subjectivity, Cluj University Press, 1999, 150 p., ISBN 973-595-044-8.

4. Being, Becoming, Thought, Language, Cluj University Press, 1999, 120 p., ISBN 973-595-028-6.

5. Metaphysics Treaty, "Dacia" Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, 2002, 416 p., ISBN 973-35-1496-9.

6. Metaphysics Treaty, the 2nd revised issue, “Dacia” Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, 2006, 420 p.

Joint Publications

He is a co-author of several joint publications:

1.The Blaga Eon (issue supervisor Mircea Borcilă), "Albatros" Publishing House, Bucharest, 1997 (Lucian Blaga, A Metaphysical Model, pp. 329-339), ISBN 973-24-0434-5.

2.Philosophy And Religion (coordinator Sandu Frunză), "Limes" Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, 2001 (On God, pp. 15-46), ISBN 973-8089-28-X.

3.The Road To Metaphysics (interview in “Contemporary Personalities from Cluj” - coordinator Cristian Colceriu, Limes Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, 2005, pp.73-81).

4.Thematic Polyglot Dictionary (collaborating with Danciu Al., Lascu Gh., Nastratin I.) - lithographed (1978).

5.Grammar Exercise Workbook (collaborating with Bejan I., Goga M., Moldovan V.) - lithographed (1983).

Besides writing a long list of articles and studies, he has also translated Friedrich Nietzsche’s book, Twilight Of The Idols (ETA Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, 1993).

At Present

Currently, he is a Consultant Professor at the „Babeş-Bolyai” University.

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