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"The Trial of Hatred" - Marc Crépon

Department: European Languages and Studies

Date and Time: April 30, 2015 | 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Event Location: Humanities Gateway 1030

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The office of the Dean of the School of Humanities, Humanities Commons, & the Departments of European Languages and Studies, Philosophy and the Critical Theory Emphasis


Professor Marc Crépon

“The Trial of Hatred”

Free and open to the public

Marc Crépon is a member of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, Husserl archives), chair of the Philosophy Department of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and director of the transdisciplinary Graduate School of Letters and Science of the ENS.

He specializes in French and German philosophy (18th to 20th c.) and contemporary moral and political philosophy, with a focus on the subjects of language, community, and violence. His  publications, which are translated in about ten languages, include: Les géographies de l’esprit (1996); Le malin génie des langues (2000); Les Promesses du langage, Benjamin, Rosenzweig, Heidegger  (2001); Nietzsche, l’art de la politique de l’avenir (2003); Terreur et poésie (2004); Langues sans demeure (2005); Altérités de l’Europe (2006); La culture de la peur, identité, sécurité, démocratie (2008); La guerre des civilisations (2010); Le consentement meurtrier (2012); Élections, de la démophobie (2012); The Thought of Death and the Memory of War (2013) and La vocation de l’écriture, la littérature et la philosophie à l’épreuve de la violence  (2014).


Among the surprises of war, one of the most brutal is the spreading of hatred in both the hearts and minds of soldiers and among civilians. Such hatred is never spontaneous. Rather it is part of a “culture of fear” and a “culture of the enemy,” which constitute the first and most daunting challenges facing those who do not only want to make peace heard, but also let it have a future. Such was the case for Romain Rolland and Stephan Zweig, whose writings from the fall of 1914 will be used to measure this challenge.

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