Sérgio Paulo Rouanet

Sérgio Paulo Rouanet (born 23 February 1934) is a Brazilian diplomat, philosopher, essayist and scholar. He was the national Secretary of Culture between 1991 and 1992, and in his tenure he created the Lei de Incentivo à Cultura (Culture Incentive Law), a tax credit law for companies and citizens that sponsor cultural activities, which became known as Rouanet Law.[1][2]

Rouanet is also a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 1992.[3]

Sérgio Paulo Rouanet
BornFebruary 23, 1934 (age 85)
OccupationDiplomat, philosopher, essayist, scholar
Spouse(s)Barbara Freitag

Early life and career

Born in Rio de Janeiro, he graduated in Social Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He got a master's degree in Political Science from Georgetown University, in Economics from George Washington University, Philosophy from the New York School for Social Research and also a doctorate from the University of São Paulo.

Rouanet was a general consul of Brazil in Zurich from 1976 to 1982 and Brazilian ambassador in Denmark from 1987 to 1991, when he was appointed by then president Fernando Collor de Mello to occupy the national Secretary of Culture.[4] After Collor de Mello's impeachment, in 1992, Rouanet resigned and was appointed as general consul of Brazil in Berlin from 1993 to 1995 and ambassador in Czech Republic from 1995 to 2000.[4]


  • O homem é o discurso Arqueologia de Michel Foucault, with José Guilherme Merquior (1971);
  • Imaginário e dominação (1978);
  • Habermas, with Bárbara Freitag (1980)
  • Édipo e o anjo. Itinerários freudianos em Walter Benjamin (1981)
  • Teoria crítica e psicanálise (1983)
  • A razão cativa. As ilusões da consciência: de Platão a Freud (1985)
  • As razões do Iluminismo (1987)
  • O espectador noturno. A Revolução Francesa através de Rétif de la Bretonne (1988)
  • A coruja e o sambódromo (1988)
  • A latinidade como parado (1999)
  • A razão nômade: Walter Benjamin e outros viajantes (1994)
  • Mal-estar na modernidade (2001)
  • Os dez amigos de Freud (2003)
  • Idéias: da cultura global à universal (2003)
  • Riso e Melancolia (2007)
  • Criação no Brasil de uma Escola Superior de Administração Pública (1982)
  • Rouanet 80 anos (2016).


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  2. ^ "Entenda como funciona a Lei Rouanet". O Globo (in Portuguese). 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  3. ^ "Sergio Paulo Rouanet | Academia Brasileira de Letras". Academia Brasileira de Letras (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  4. ^ a b Brasil, CPDOC - Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação História Contemporânea do. "SERGIO PAULO ROUANET | CPDOC - Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de História Contemporânea do Brasil". CPDOC - Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de História Contemporânea do Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-12-26.
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