Habent sua fata libelli: Paul Ricoeur and Emmanuel Macron

24/04/2017

Paul Ricoeur, “Memory, History, Forgetting,” Translated by Kathleen Blamey and David Pellauer, The University of Chiacgo Press, 2004, “Preface,” p. XVII): “… and finally, Emmanuel Macron to whom I am indebted for a pertinent critique of the writing and the elaboration of the critical apparatus of the work.” Elaboration of the critical apparatus! This is quite an acknowledgement! Paul Ricoeur was one of the most penetrating, most profound thinkers of our times. Such a recognition for Macron is for me a ,ajor, idelible recommendation for a critical intellectual. In the times of moral idiots and cultural barbarians like Trump, Putin, and Orban, I don’t need to justufy my support for Macron…

 

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History, Memory, Forgetting: Emmanuel Macron and Paul Ricoeur

24/04/2017

He was Paul Ricoeur’s editorial assistant: This is where Emmanuel Macron comes from. He’s a member of the editorial board of the influential monthly “Esprit”, friends with Olivier Mongin, the author of an important book on the invention of the democratic intellectual. Some try to diminish the link to Ricouer. Yet, Macron insists on this intellelectual debt and profound affinity.

“J’ai beaucoup appris auprès de lui. A lire la philosophie. Parce que c’est un hasard de la vie, presque un malentendu. C’est François Dosse, qui a été son biographe, qui était historien, qui a été un de mes professeurs, qui m’a conduit jusqu’à lui parce que Ricoeur cherchait quelqu’un pour faire ses archives. Donc c’était vraiment une tâche très manuelle, très ancillaire. Et nous nous sommes rencontrés, et nous ne nous sommes plus quittés.”

In 2004, Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005) received the Kluge Prize from the Library of Congress. It is one of the most prestigious intellectual awards in the world. It is meant to include areas in the humanities not covered by the Nobel Prizes (philosophy, theology, history, etc) On that occasion, the distinguished Russia scholar and then Librarian of Congres, James Billington, wrote: “Paul Ricoeur is a philosopher who draws on the entire tradition of western philosophy to explore and explain common problems: What is a self? How is memory used and abused? What is the nature of responsibility? He is a constant questioner – always pressing to understand the nature and limits of what constitutes our humanity.”

In 1945 Ricoeur began his teaching career at the international Protestant College Cevenol (where he met American Quakers, who invited him to Haverford College 10 years later) and moved in 1948 to the University of Strasbourg. In 1956 he was appointed to the chair of general philosophy at the Sorbonne. For the next decade Ricoeur wrote continuously as a professional philosopher. He was also an activist, both against the French war in Algeria and as a reformer of the French university system. In 1967 he left the Sorbonne to assume the deanship of the new experimental university at Nanterre. Student and community disruption and unrest forced him to resign in 1969. He then taught for two years at Louvain in Belgium before moving to the United States, first to Yale and then to the University of Chicago. There he succeeded Paul Tillich as the John Nuveen Chair in the Divinity School and was jointly appointed to the Department of Philosophy and the Committee on Social Thought.

https://www.franceculture.fr/…/aux-sources-des-idees-demman…

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Ciuma

23/04/2017

Qui vivra, verra: Will the xenophobic, neo-Fascist, populist plague prevail in France? Will the ghosts of Pétain, Laval, Doriot, Déat, Maurras etc defeat the legacies of de Gaulle, Jean Moulin, Malraux, Camus, Robert Schuman, Raymond Aron, Mendès France?

 

 

http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2017/04/troubled-times?fsrc=scn%2Ffb%2Fte%2Fbl%2Fed%2Ftroubledtimeshowtheplagueinfectsthemodernpoliticalmood


RPR

23/04/2017

Moștenirea RPR este una a modernizării distorsionate și a unei dezvoltări deraiate, ambele menite să abolească piața liberă și societatea civilă. Ceea ce s-a consacrat în a doua parte a secolului trecut a fost întreruperea cursului firesc al integrării României în modernitate, negarea formei politice naturale care a fost monarhia constituțională, lichidarea pluralismului politic și cultural și, cu consecințe cât se poate de tragice, năruirea statului de drept.

Pentru textul complet si inregistrarea audio:

http://www.europalibera.org/a/blog-vladimir-tismaneanu/28446874.html


Marine Le Pe, le pétainisme, and Putinism

22/04/2017

I dedicate this post to the memory of André Malraux (1901-1976), one of the greatest novelists and public intellectuals of the twentieth century, an uncompromising anto-Fascist fighter. Marine Le Pen doesn’t need to praise le Maréchal, it’s enough that her ideological bricolage is pétainiste in its thrust, phobias, and mythologies. What she wants is “la révolution nationale,” la France pour les Français de bonne souche. Foreigners are apriorically inimical to le bien-être de la nation, they need to be expelled. Next step, eliminated. Then… Her amitié with Putin is ominous and alarming. Marine Le Pen”s victory would mean the second death of Jean Moulin and the demise of the Fifth Republic…

 

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Inalta aristocrație roșie

22/04/2017

Pentru a ințelege destine precum cel al Iordanei Borilă ori al lui Valentin Ceaușescu…

http://www.lapunkt.ro/2013/02/02/despre-lumea-secreta-a-nomenclaturii/

http://revista22online.ro/21063/.html

http://www.revista-apostrof.ro/articole.php?id=2188

 

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Despre Iordana Borilă (1946-2017)

22/04/2017

Am cunoscut-o in anii 60, eram coleg de clasă cu fratelei ei mai mic, Vasile (Vasia). Locuiau pe strada Herăstrău din Cartierul Primăverii. Apoi s-au mutat pe Bulevardul Aviatorilor in casa in care se află acum sediul PNL. Era frumoasă, tăcută, enigmatică. Iubirea dintre ea și Valentin Ceaușescu a provocat furia amblelor familii: Elena se opunea din răsputeri, cu “argumente” ridicole (varsta Danei, originea etnică “impură”), la fel și clanul Borilă. In pofida acestor piedici, cei doi s-au căsătorit, au avut un copil, pe Daniel Valentin, unicul urmas direct masculin al celor executati de Crăciun in decembrie 1989. Dana a studiat Istoria Artelor, a lucrat la Muzeul de Artă al RSR, apoi a plecat din tară, după divortul de Valentin. Venea dintr-o familie cu un impresionant palmares cominternist. Petre Borilă fusese comisar politic in Brigăzile Internationale din Spania, a revenit in Romania din URSS cu divizia “Tudor Vladimirescu”, a detinut functii de varf in partid si in guvern. Ecaterina Borilă, născută Abraham, a urmat cursurile Scolii Leniniste la Moscova in anii 30. Sora ei, Piri, a fost sotia celebrului militant comunist Bela Breiner. Dana si Daniel au revenit in Romania acum cativa ani, au refuzat să dea interviuri, au stat deliberat și justificat in umbră. Dana a fost o persoană modestă, a traversat decenii dificile si chinuitoare cu discretie, fără ostentatie. Să se odihnească in pace…

 

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