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Finkielkraut, Alain

Works: 365 works in 1,035 publications in 12 languages and 12,917 library holdings
Genres: Trials, litigation, etc  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  History  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Interviewer, Author of introduction, Producer, Speaker, Publishing director, Interviewee, Director, Editor, Film editor, Host, Commentator
Classifications: CB428, 179.7
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The wisdom of love Sagesse de l'amour by Alain Finkielkraut( file )
33 editions published between 1984 and 2006 in French and English and held by 1,670 libraries worldwide
The Wisdom of Love makes a unique contribution to today's culture wars by examining love as a critical ground for social thought. Ultimately, Finkielkraut's anti-assimilationist position is committed to universalism and to the preservation of the Other's difference
The future of a negation reflections on the question of genocide by Alain Finkielkraut( file )
7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,534 libraries worldwide
Remembering in vain the Klaus Barbie trial and crimes against humanity by Alain Finkielkraut( file )
7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 918 libraries worldwide
"In 1988, during what was probably one of the last trials of a Nazi war criminal - and the first of such trials to take place in France - Klaus Barbie, the notorious "Butcher of Lyons," was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison. Yet despite the memories stirred and despite the verdict, to Alain Finkielkraut the trial was a moral failure." "In Remembering in Vain: The Klaus Barbie Trial and Crimes Against Humanity, Finkielkraut maintains that the Barbie trial attests to the failure of international society to take responsibility for criminals of state. Trying Barbie not only for actions against Jews but also for actions against the Resistance - actions heretofore considered war crimes on which the statute of limitations had run out - the French court blurred the definition of crimes against humanity." "Finkielkraut finds most disturbing how seriously the arguments of the defense were taken in media responses to the trial. Manipulating the guilty conscience of the West by concentrating on French colonial crimes of the post-World War II era, Barbie's lawyers became accusers, disputing the special significance of the Holocaust and portraying nearly everyone as guilty - except Barbie himself." "Remembering in Vain is Finkielkraut's passionate reminder that the Holocaust struck a mortal blow against the very idea of human progress, a blow that the West and the Third World cannot afford to forget or ignore." "A substantial introduction by Alice Kaplan situates the book for an American audience, providing background on Klaus Barbie, the trial, and the Resistance. A glossary of names and terms is included."--Jacket
The defeat of the mind by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
17 editions published between 1987 and 1995 in 5 languages and held by 698 libraries worldwide
The Defeat of the Mind examines the opposition to Enlightenment thought from the eighteenth century to the present. Finkielkraut asserts that the ostensibly progressive cast of third world anticolonial and anti-Western sentiment, paradoxically, has its antecedent in Eurocentric sources - chiefly the German romantic concept of the Volksgeist, or spirit of the people. Straightforward and succinct, Finkielkraut draws a line between the idea of culture as an expression of the life of the mind and culture as an expression of national spirit. He deplores the appropriation of the concept of the Volksgeist by ethnic nationalists, who employ the notion in justification of such horrors as the Final Solution in Nazi Germany and the current waves of "ethnic cleansing." Equally worrying, he claims, are the seemingly harmless infusions of the Volksgeist into campaigns for ethnic diversity espoused by some social scientists and third world intellectuals. The Defeat of the Mind questions notions of cultural relativism espoused by such intellectual and political leaders as Claude Levi-Strauss and Frantz Fanon. Finkielkraut points to the United Nations and UNESCO - founded to propagate the universalist ideals of Enlightenment Europe, these organizations have co-opted the notion of cultural relativism to a fault, now speaking on behalf of every ethnic prejudice. "The objective remained the same," Finkielkraut maintains of this shift in ideology, "but to achieve its goal, it was no longer a matter of opening others to reason, but of opening ourselves to the reason of others." Defending values that seem absent from many contemporary frames of reference, the book concludes with a chapter challenging post-modernist thought, for Finkielkraut claims that it equates the value of novels by Flaubert with television movies and lacks concern for the survival of culture and reason
La défaite de la pensée : essai by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
37 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in French and Undetermined and held by 454 libraries worldwide
Malaise dans la culture. Car la culture, c'est la vie avec la pensée. Et on constate aujourd'hui qu'il est courant de baptiser culturelles des activités où la pensée n'a aucune part. Des gestes élémentaires aux grandes créations de l'esprit, tout devient ainsi prétendument culturel. Pourquoi alors choisir la vraie culture, au lieu de s'abandonner aux délices de la consommation et de la publicité, ou à tous les automatismes enracinés dans l'histoire? Une question simple est à l'origine de ce livre: comment en est-on arrivé là ?
In the name of humanity : reflections on the twentieth century by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 415 libraries worldwide
"In the Name of Humanity is a reflection on the history of humanism and the relationship of this philosophical tradition to the rise of totalitarianism in the twentieth century."--Jacket
The imaginary Jew = Le juif imaginaire by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
6 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 396 libraries worldwide
The Holocaust changed what it means to be a jew, for Jew and non-Jew alike. Much of the discussion about the new meaning has been done by French writers of the left, but their work is a storm of contradictions. In the Imaginary Jew, Alain Finkielkraut describes with passion and acuity his own passage through that storm
L'humanité perdue : essai sur le XXe siècle by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
26 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 335 libraries worldwide
Ni panorama, ni bilan mais méditation obstinée et narration de ce qui, depuis 1914, est advenu à l'humanité. A la fois mortelle et meurtrière, l'idée d'humanité ne peut pas désormais être maniée ni pensée innocemment. Il nous faut la défendre et la concevoir autrement., veiller à ce qu'elle ne recommence pas à tuer
Dispatches from the Balkan War and other writings by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
6 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 242 libraries worldwide
"Dispatches from the Balkan War and Other Writings is a collection of essays on the Balkan crisis and on European reaction to it. In opposition to many powerful figures in France, Alain Finkielkraut has largely supported the Croatian struggles for sovereignty. He argues against an array of outmoded views of the Balkan region and its political and cultural conditions - conceptions that date back to earlier in the century and that have long bedeviled the region and the European powers' relation to it. The book takes up larger issues about European political and intellectual history - issues that are in urgent need of reexamination and revision in the post-Cold War world."--Jacket
Le mécontemporain : Péguy, lecteur du monde moderne by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
21 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in French and Italian and held by 234 libraries worldwide
La mémoire vaine : du crime contre lʻhumanité by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
17 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in French and Dutch and held by 230 libraries worldwide
Bespiegelingen over misdrijven tegen de menselijkheid naar aanleiding van het proces in 1987 tegen de oorlogsmisdadiger Klaus Barbie (1913-1991)
Le nouveau désordre amoureux by Pascal Bruckner( Book )
27 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in French and Undetermined and held by 219 libraries worldwide
L'ouvrage a déjà paru en 1977 dans la collection ##Fiction & Cie##. Les auteurs analysent, souvent de façon très critique, divers aspects de la sexualité, de la vie amoureuse, sexuelle, érotique. D'accès assez difficile. Le style est vigoureux, parfois un peu cru
Nous autres, modernes : quatre leçons by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
12 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in French and held by 209 libraries worldwide
Ce livre part, au fond, de la constatation que le jeu libre et responsable de la raison, le signe et l'orgueil du "moderne", en voulant détruire le déraisonnable, engendre des monstres que l'on n'attendait pas . D'où la question "faut-il être moderne ?". La réponse sera "oui, avec prudence" à l'issue d'un parcours en quatre leçons, éclairant, mais difficile. La difficulté de cette lecture tient certes au contenu qui demande de l'attention pour être saisi. Mais elle tient aussi au style de AF passant d'une idée à l'autre, amoureux de l'expression qui sonne bien même si elle n'est pas toujours indispensable, parfois discursif là où une pause, une synthèse seraient utiles. Mais l'effort surmonté apporte sa récompense
Le juif imaginaire by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
24 editions published between 1980 and 2001 in French and held by 198 libraries worldwide
Réflexions sur le judaïsme, Israël, l'antisémitisme, etc., par un auteur juif de trente ans qui trace, en évoquant ces grands sujets, son propre itinéraire psychologique: de l'ostentation à la fidélité. Un récit-essai, attachant mais assez complexe
Ce que peut la littérature ( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in French and held by 192 libraries worldwide
Sélection d'entretiens consacrés à la littérature et présentés lors de l'émission Répliques animée par A. Finkielkraut sur France-Culture, notamment : M. Ozouf et P. Manent, conversation sur Le premier homme d'A. Camus (S. Julliard et B. Visage), sur J. Roth (C. Magris et J. P. Maurel), sur A. Appelfeld (G. Brisac et V. Zenatti), sur Disgrâce, de J. M. Coetzee (C. Habib et P. Pachet), etc
L'imparfait du présent : pièces brèves by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
16 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in French and Romanian and held by 180 libraries worldwide
Essai conçu sur le principe du journal, organisé par dates. Les thèmes sont nombreux : l'éducation, l'école, la dénonciation du jeunisme des circulaires administratives et ministérielles, Israël et les implantations, le sionisme et les questions relatives à la judéité. Le philosophe se réserve également un droit de réponse à de nombreuses publications dans les médias le concernant
Une voix vient de l'autre rive by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
13 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in French and Spanish and held by 168 libraries worldwide
Au sommaire de cet essai : Y a-t-il un devoir de mémoire ? ; La convocation des ombres : le Kosovo ; Les métamorphoses de la radicalité ; La rédemption pédagogique ; La tentation de l'intouchable ; L'art à Terezin ; La persistante solitude de Char et de Camus
Au coin de la rue, l'aventure by Pascal Bruckner( Book )
24 editions published between 1979 and 1984 in 4 languages and held by 168 libraries worldwide
Un cœur intelligent : lectures by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
12 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in French and held by 159 libraries worldwide
L'auteur déchiffre les énigmes du monde grâce à neuf livres : La plaisanterie de M. Kundera, Tout passe de V. Grossman, l'Histoire d'un Allemand de S. Haffner, Le premier homme d'A. Camus, La tâche de P. Roth, Lord Jim de J. Conrad, les Carnets du sous-sol de F. Dostoïevski, Washington Square de H. James et Le festin de Babette de K. Blixen
Comment peut-on être Croate? by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )
6 editions published in 1992 in French and Undetermined and held by 153 libraries worldwide
Des propos sur le problème que vivent la Croatie particulièrement et les régions environnantes en général
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Alternative Names
Finkielkraut, Alain
Finkielkraut, Alain 1949-
פינקלקראוט, אלן
פינקלקראוט, אלן 1949-
フィンケルクロート, アラン
French (298)
English (52)
German (17)
Spanish (9)
Dutch (3)
Romanian (2)
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