Vasile Conta

Vasile Conta (Romanian pronunciation: [vaˈsile ˈkonta]; Armenian: Վասիլե Գրիգորեիի Կոնտա (Գոնտա); November 15, 1845 – April 21, 1882) was a Romanian philosopher, poet, and politician.

Romanian stamp, Vasile Conta, 1965
Conta's grave in Iași.

He was born in Ghindăoani, a village in Bălțătești commune, Neamț County.

He died in Bucharest.


He was the true founder of the Romanian ideological antisemitism.[1]: 14  His criteria were no longer those of a socioeconomic nature; they were derived from the "nationalities principle," nationalities as units of race and religion, forming the basis of existence of a state and a homogenous nation.[2]: 642 


  1. ^ Volovici, Leon (1991). Nationalist Ideology and Antisemitism: The Case of Romanian Intellectuals in the 1930s. Pergamon Press. ISBN 0-08-041024-3.
  2. ^ Conta, Vasile (1914). Opere complecte.