Published Monday November 12, 2012


Raymond Klibansky: The Treasures of a Prominent 20th Century Thinker's Library On Display at the Grande Bibliothèque

Group photo of the key protagonists attending the exhibition’s opening

Photo: Louis-Étienne Doré

BAnQ invites the public to view the treasures of Raymond Klibansky's personal library, bequeathed to McGill University. In addition to showcasing the wealth of its bibliophilic treasures, the exhibition Raymond Klibansky (1905-2005) – La bibliothèque d’un philosophe captures the essence of a thinker whose intellectual and humanist ideals left a significant mark on the 20th century. Raymond Klibansky entertained a passion for books and libraries. He believed in the vitality of ideas and that one should contribute to the democratic debate. His library exemplifies his convictions.

Raymond Klibansky settled in Montreal after the end of World War II. He was appointed a professor at McGill University as soon as 1946. He considered this city the homebase from which he could work to serve philosophical dialogue throughout the world. From Montréal, he reached out as the ambassador of a universal culture of peace and tolerance. His work is a testament to the depth of his commitment.

Curator: Georges Leroux, Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, Université du Québec à Montréal

In collaboration with McGill University

Grande Bibliothèque, salle d'exposition principale, niveau M
From November 13, 2012 to August 25, 2013
Free admission 

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Ville de Montréal. Fondation de BAnQ. Les Amis de BAnQ. Catalogue des bibliothèques du Québec. RDAQ. RFN.