Diogo Pires Aurélio, GOIH (1946) is a professor and a writer. He graduated in Philosophy from the University of Lisbon in 1972. The same year he left the country and moved to Brussels, where the UN granted him the political refugee status. Returning to Portugal in 1974, he worked as a journalist in several media (República, Jornal Novo, Diário de Notícias and Expresso) up to 1986. In 1979 he was appointed as Editorial Director of Portuguese Broadcasting Radio Network, holding office until 1980. In 1983 the National Print Office (INCM) hired him to design Prelo, a cultural magazine of which he was Editor in Chief to 1990. Meanwhile, he had restarted his studies at Nova University of Lisbon, from which he earned a PhD in Modern Philosophy, with a dissertation on Spinoza’s political philosophy, supervised by Fernando Gil, as well as the Habillitation in Social and Political Philosophy.
From 1982 to 2016 he was a professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, NOVA University of Lisbon, having taught in the departments of Philosophy, Political Studies and Communication Sciences. Since 1998 he has also been guest professor at the Institute for Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal, where he lectures on History of Political Thought. He was visiting professor and guest lecturer at several universities both in Portugal and abroad.
Besides his academic activities, he has been entrusted with several prominent civil functions, such as member of the board of the Portuguese Mint and National Print Office (INCM), 1989-1995; president of the Portuguese National Commission for UNESCO, 1998-2002; Director of the Portuguese National Library, 2002-2005; consultant for cultural affairs to the President of the Portuguese Republic, 2006-2016.
His work includes poetry, literary criticism, essays and scientific studies in the areas of philosophy, politics, literature and communication. He is the author, co-author or editor of several books and articles. Moreover he translated into Portuguese some classical works by Machiavelli and Spinoza, all of them published both in Portugal and Brazil. In 2009, he was awarded the Prize for Scientific and Technical Translation into Portuguese Language from União Latina and Portuguese Foundation for Science Research and Technology, as well as an Honourable Mention. Since 2008, he has been the director of Clássicos da Política, a series of works by political thinkers translated into Portuguese and published by Círculo de Leitores. His main interest is currently in some concepts such as people, representation, state and sovereignty, as well as their relevance for understanding politics in modern times.
In 2016 he was honoured with the title of Grande Oficial da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique (GOIH). The same year, the club Grémio Literário promoted a session devoted to his work.
On 28th September 2017, on the occasion of his retirement, he was honoured by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and delivered his Jubilation Lesson on «Images without model: portraits of the people in representative democracy».