Thomas Molnar

For the Hungarian water polo player, see Tamás Molnár.

Molnár Tamás, Thomas Molnar or Molnar, Thomas Steven (26 July 1921, in Budapest, Hungary – 20 July 2010, in Richmond, Virginia) was a Catholic philosopher, historian and political theorist.


Molnar completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Brussels in Belgium and received his Ph.D. in philosophy and history from Columbia University in New York City.

He was visiting professor of philosophy of religion at the University of Budapest. As author of over forty books in French and English he published on a variety of subjects including religion, politics, and education. He emigrated to the United States, where he taught for many years at Brooklyn College. Molnar said he was inspired by Russell Kirk's The Conservative Mind. Like Kirk, he wrote a good deal for the magazine National Review. In addition, Kirk and Molnar were founding board members of Una Voce America.[1]

Molnar admired Charles Maurras and wrote that French failure to honor Maurras' conservative values was a component of the "agony of France".[2]

Molnar was married with Ildiko and has one son, Eric. He died at the age of 89 on Tuesday 20 July 2010.[3][4]

Among the awards Molnar received was the Széchenyi Prize, from the President of the Republic of Hungary.



  1. "Update: The Latin Mass in America Today". Regina. September 26, 2013. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  2. Molnar, Thomas (1999). "Charles Maurras, Shaper of an Age," Modern Age, Vol. XLI, No. 4, p. 342.
  3. "Obituary: Thomas Steven Molnar". The Star-Ledger. July 23, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  4. "Thomas Molnar, 1921–2010," Andrew Cusack, July 26, 2010.

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