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Contre-histoire de la philosophie: Hannah Arendt, Hans Jonas & Günther Anders

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Antisemitism, Books, France, Genocide, History, Idées, Jewish, Juif, Media, Middle-East, Politics, Popular, Shoah, Spectacle, Women |

Apparemment Onfray aime trop souvent simplifier pour “engager son public” – c’est bien dommage… Quelque fois cela peut-être utile, mais c’est un couteau à deux tranchants! Malgré une manière désastreuse d’épouser beaucoup trop vite les théories d’Hannah Arendt sur la “collaboration Juive” au Holocauste*, merci beaucoup pour la (ma) découverte de Günther Anders (cf. English bio by Harold Marcuse) et à quel point la critique de Guy Debord dans La Société du Spectacle s’inspirerait d’Anders, une critique décisive de la culpabilité de Heidegger, et le rappel que philosophie et vie ne devraient faire qu’un. (Lanzmann: “La première chose face à une catastrophe pareille, c’est l’humilité.”) – Liens Audio […]

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Puny French Puns – How Much The French Love Words (Les Calembours)

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in France, Humor, Ideas, Idées, Spectacle |

The French hoax of the “Je ne sais quoi” – I will always remember Julia Kristeva’s lecture to a packed US campus auditorium: as the microphone was not properly set up, no one could hear much of what she had to say… from time to time though, one “jeu de mots” (a pun) would be heard… nobody dared readjust the microphone… It was a typical example of the Emperor’s New Clothes syndrome taking place again amongst the “educated.” As much as the famous poet Jacques Prévert exploited aliteration and puns with much verve and thumbed his nose at society’s pretense – “Le monde mental ment monumentalement – the mental world lies monumentally” – French intellectuals imagine themselves to be smarter when they can juggle with their words – just to be clever seems often enough (Cixous, Derrida… ). On a lighter side: François-Georges Mareschal de Bièvre, Jean-Pierre Brisset, Boby Lapointe, Raymond Devos. […]

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Garry Davis = Citizen of the World #1: 1921– 2013

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Asia, Books, Death, Eco, Highlights, Hispanic, Human Rights, Humor, Ideas, Idées, Jewish, Middle-East, Native, Peace, Poet, Politics, Roma, Travel, US, Wars, Women, World, Youth |

Davis, a provocateur for peace who drew followers as respected as Albert Einstein and Albert Schweitzer while roaming the world with papers of his own making, died July 24 at age 91.
… Eleanor Roosevelt lauded him in her newspaper column. He spoke at a rally and drew cheers from 20,000 Parisians…
“Mr. Davis has stowed away on ships, sneaked across borders, shuttled back and forth on trains between one country and another, and has been forced to fly countless air hours in different directions because no country would let him off a plane,” wrote columnist Art Buchwald in 1957.
“If I could show that it was possible for me to survive in the world without papers, cross frontiers without a passport and conduct myself as a free human being without benefit of any national credentials, I would be striking a blow at the very heart of nationalism itself.” G.D. […]

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