Rudi Supek: Pioneer of Croatian Sociology and Philosophy

Rudi Supek: Pioneer of Croatian Sociology and Philosophy

Rudi Supek (1913. – 1993.) is a permanent figure of Croatian intellectual heritage. Supek began his academic career by graduating in psychology and philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. He obtained his doctorate in science at the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris.

During World War II, Supek became a member of the French resistance movement and was awarded the Legion of Honor and the rank of colonel. He was also a prisoner of the Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar.

After the war, Supek returned to his passion – science. He became a professor at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, where he played a key role in founding the Department of Sociology in 1963. He wrote the first sociology textbook for high schools, expanding knowledge about society among young people.

He published several significant works that enriched the fields of psychology, philosophy, and sociology. Some of his most significant works include "The Psychology of Civic Lyric" (1952), "Sociology and Socialism" (1966), and "A City in the Measure of a Man" (1987).Supek attracted attention and collaborated with leading world intellectuals such as Jürgen Habermas, Erich Fromm, and Zbigniew Brzezinski. Supek was one of the co-founders of Praxis magazine and the famous Korčula Summer School.

Supek left an indelible mark not only as an intellectual, but also as a hero, teacher, and inspiration. His passion for knowledge and courage in facing challenges make him an unforgettable figure in the world of sociology and philosophy.

Rudi Supek Award

Because of Supek's incredible dedication and contribution, the CSA established the Rudi Supek Award in 2004.The Award recognizes exceptional achievements in sociology and contributions to the dissemination of scientific knowledge, the promotion of sociology and its reputation in society. Supek's legacy lives on through this recognition and continues to inspire future generations of scientists and intellectuals.

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Winners of the Rudi Supek Award

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