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Grigore Zanc, Philosopher, Writer and Politician (PSD)

Philosopher, Writer and Politician

Born on January 26, 1940, village Şigău, Cluj County. Parents Todor and Maria, farmers (deceased)

Citizenship: Romanian

Religion: Orthodox

Married to Virginia Lucia Zanc, Physician, University Lecturer at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca. One daughter, Theodora Zanc (married Cuibus), University Assistant, Chair of the Romanian Language, Faculty of Philology, Cluj-Napoca


  • 1964-1969 - Student, Faculty of Philosophy, ”Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca
  • 1981 - PhD in Philosophy
  • 1981- IREX Study Fellowship in USA (July-October)

Public Activity

  • 1956-1958 - Substitute Teacher
  • 1961-1962 - Teacher, School Director
  • 1962-1964 - Instructor schools, pioneers and UTC (Union of Comunist Youth), Cluj-Napoca
  • 1967-1969 - Head of Cluj-Napoca Editorial Board of the Revue "Viaţa studenţească" (Student's Life)
  • 1969-1974 - University Assistant
  • 1974-1990 - University Lecture
  • Since 1990 - Associate Professor, Chair of Systemic Philosophy, "Babes Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca
  • August 1990-August 1996 - Prefect of Cluj County
  • August-Secember 1996 - Minister of Culture
  • 2000-2004 - Senator, Vice-President of Senate Commission for Culture, Cults, Art and Mass-Media
  • 2004-2010 - member (PSD) of the National Council of Audiovisual (CNA)


  • Member of the Romanian Writers' Association
  • Member of the Cluj-Napoca Revolutionaries' Association
  • Member of the Democratic Forum of Romania
  • 1970-1974 - President of "Diotima" Club of Philosophic Esthetics,  "Babes-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca
  • Member of the Scientific Council, Romanian Institute of Social-Democrat Studies
  • Founding Member of "Lucian Blaga" Cultural Society, Cluj-Napoca

Political affiliation

  • Member of PSD Party
  • President of PSD Cluj County Organization
  • Member of PSD Central Executive Bureau

Publishing Activity

  • Published over 200 studies, articles and research papers, in Romania and abroad, on subjects of philosophy, ethics, art and literature
  • Over 30 scientific papers presented at scientific forums in Romania and abroad
  • "Etica spiritului revoluţionar" (Ethics of revolutionary Spirit), Political Publishing House, 1975
  • "Nivele şi dimensiuni etice ale esteticului" (Ethical Levels and Dimensions of the Esthetic), in the volume "Ethical  and Esthetic", Meridiane Publishing House, 1979
  • "Hamlet , între vocaţie şi datorie morală" (Hamlet between vocation and moral responsibility), Dacia Publishing House, 1998, awarded the Prize of the Writers Association of Cluj-Napoca

Short Prose, Roman, Film

  • "Conul de umbră" (Umbra cone), roman, Dacia Publishing House, 1975, awarded with the Prize of the Writers Union of Romania
  • "Cădere liberă" (Free Fall), roman, Dacia Publishing House, 1978
  • "Zuhanas" (translation of "Cădere liberă"), Europa Publishing House, Budapest, 1982
  • Cinema Scenario "Probleme personale" (Personal Matters), Film version by Film House nr. 4, Bucharest, 1982
  • "Careul de fugă" (Run Square), roman, volume I, Dacia Publishing House, 1985
  • "Careul de fugă" (Run Square), roman, volume II, Dacia Publishing House, 1990
  • "Alb" (White), short prose, Sincron Publishing House, 2000

Participation at international scientific gatherings

  • International Congress of Sociology, Varna, Bulgaria, 1970
  • International Congress of  Esthetics, Darmstadt, Germany, 1976

Titles, Prizes and Awards

  • 1972 - Medal for Cultural Merit, II Class
  • 1974 - Order of Labor, III Class
  • 1975 - Prize of the Writers Union of Romania
  • 1998 - Prize of the Writers Association of Cluj-Napoca
  • 1991 - Honorary Citizen of the City of Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
  • 1996 - Honorary Senator and Member of the Grand Senate of "Babes Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca
  • 2000 - Honorary Citizen of the Commune of Mariselu, Cluj County

Foreign languages

  • English, French

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