Included into the List of the 25 Great Thinkers of the Modern World (2004, France)
Winner of the Journal Herald of EuropePrize (2002, Russia)
Laureat of the 6th Festival of Peoples of Russia (2001, Russia)
Winner of the “October” literary magaxine Prize for the Best Publication of the Year (2001, Russia)
Winner of the Open Society Institute (Soros Fund) Prize (1998, Russia)
Winner of the “Literary Thought” Fund Prize (1997, Russia)
Winner of the Heinrich Boll Fund Prize (1992, Germany)
Vladimir Kantor (born in 1945) is a prominent modern Russian philosopher recognized in 2004 by "Le nouvel observateur" French magazine as one of the 25 greatest modern thinkers living. Kantor resides and works in Moscow. He is a frequent guest and visiting professor of the leading European Universities and Research centers, a regular participant in political, sociological, and cultural events worldwide.
His literary works, as well as his historiophilosophical essays and culturological studies, are widely published in Russia and abroad, generating public interest and causing violent discussion.
In his writings Kantor habitually merges a profound analysis of Russian classical literature (Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, etc) with today’s realities, thus demonstrating his own vision of European civilization’s role in Russia’s socio-historical development. Kantor’s other point of interest is an Empire as an idée/notion, and its influence on European and Asian mentality.
Vladimir Kantor belongs to a rare kind – he is a talented and vivid writer with a philosophical mind, or vice versa he is a philosopher who expresses the results of his most profound meditation in a form of fascinating novels. In his novels, we are able to breathe once again the air of the best pages of Dostoyevsky’s «Inquisitor’s Tale», or deem over the modern history on the tracks of «War and Peace».