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The future of a negation : reflections on the question of genocide by Alain Finkielkraut( )

11 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book examines the Holocaust, its origins in modern European thought and politics, and recent "revisionist" attempts to deny its full dimensions and, in some cases, its very existence as historical fact. Finkielkraut's central topic is the impulse toward "negation" of the Nazi horrors: the arguments made by many people, of varying political orientations, that "the gas chambers are a hoax or, in any case, an unverifiable rumor." In addition, Finkielkraut looks at other instances of twentieth-century mass murder and at arguments made by contemporary politicians and intellectuals that similarly deny the full extent of these other atrocities. An original, fearless book, The Future of a Negation is an essential contribution to our understanding of the Holocaust and of genocidal politics and thought in our century
The wisdom of love by Alain Finkielkraut( )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and French and held by 1,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Wisdom of Love (La Sagesse de l'amour) examines the seemingly contradictory claims of universalism and partisanship for the ethnic or racial Other. In discussions of topics ranging from the work of the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas to the Dreyfus Affair of the 1890s to the contending positions of right and left in the recent culture wars in Europe and the Americas, Finkielkraut cautions against both an unreflective universalism and an equally inflexible advocacy of the Other. He argues instead that genuine respect for the Other is inseparable from calls for universal justice and equality. Rather than being opposites, otherness and universalism are, for Finkielkraut, inextricably bound to one another
Remembering in vain : the Klaus Barbie trial and crimes against humanity by Alain Finkielkraut( )

10 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 965 WorldCat member 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 imaginary Jew = Le juif imaginaire by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

44 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 646 WorldCat member 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
La défaite de la pensée : essai by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

55 editions published between 1987 and 2017 in French and Undetermined and held by 528 WorldCat member 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
The defeat of the mind by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 1995 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member 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
In the name of humanity : reflections on the twentieth century by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member 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
Dispatches from the Balkan War and other writings by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 406 WorldCat member 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
Freedom of Expression Must Include the License to Offend: A Debate( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As valued as it is, the principle of free speech through which everyone can have their say is an especially slippery slope as populations grow more pluralistic and the desire to get along creates pressure to curtail any expression that may potentially insult some portion of the people. Must freedom of expression include the license to offend? That is the question in this Oxford Union-style debate as panelists make their case. Speakers for the motion bring up the pernicious effects of censorship, the suppression of healthy debate, and repressiveness that can lead to authoritarianism, while those against speak of freedom of speech as a means to an end rooted in a particular place and time rather than as an ideal and stress the value to society of outlawing expression such as child pornography. Questions from the floor follow. The final vote? Significantly for
Le nouveau désordre amoureux by Pascal Bruckner( Book )

42 editions published between 1977 and 2005 in 7 languages and held by 268 WorldCat member 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
L'humanité perdue : essai sur le XXe siècle by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in French and Spanish and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflects on the history of the 20th century and its main evils, fascism and communism, and on the disasters they provoked. Comments on various books on these subjects, among them Jean-Paul Sartre's "Réflexions sur la question juive" and Hannah Arendt's "The Origins of Totalitarianism". Meditates on how the establishment of concentration camps was possible in the modern era which introduced the idea of humanity
Le mécontemporain : Péguy, lecteur du monde moderne by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in French and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nous autres, modernes : quatre leçons by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in French and held by 240 WorldCat member 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
La sagesse de l'amour : essai by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

42 editions published between 1984 and 2006 in French and Undetermined and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essai inspiré des oeuvres du philosophe Lévinas, dans lequel l'auteur interroge les grandes expériences collectives de notre modernité et le rapport à l'Autre dans la vie individuelle
Ce que peut la littérature( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in French and held by 213 WorldCat member 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
La mémoire vaine : du crime contre lʻhumanité by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in French and Undetermined and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the issue of crime against humanity and its limits. States that despite historical experience and the Nuremberg Tribunal, there is not yet a forum of international justice which can truly punish crimes against humanity as such. The massacre of Armenians by the Turks in 1915 was internationally deplored, with no consequence; today there is no clear-cut distinction between war crimes and crimes against humanity, which were restricted to war periods only. Argues that when the last survivor among the Nazis will die, there will be no more inculpations but the criminal practices will not end. Refers to the importance of Klaus Barbie's trial, which reestablished the link, broken by the administrative machine turned criminal, between the man and his crime. Barbie's lawyers, taking advantage of legal loopholes, extended the accusation of crime against humanity to colonial wars, said that the Jews were victims of the Western world's own racism, and compared Sabra and Shatila (in the Lebanon War, 1982) with Auschwitz, qualifying the Jews as racists
L'imparfait du présent : pièces brèves by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in French and held by 188 WorldCat member 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
Un cœur intelligent : lectures by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in French and held by 185 WorldCat member 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
L'identité malheureuse by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in French and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Réflexions critiques sur la modernité. Dénonçant le politiquement correct, le philosophe aborde tour à tour la question de l'identité nationale, l'immigration, les atteintes à la laïcité, la crise de l'école, les modes de vie contemporains, l'évolution des moeurs
Une voix vient de l'autre rive by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in French and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays on the imperative to remember the Shoah. Echoing Vladimir Jankélévitch's anti-Hegelian and unhistorical position, insists that after Auschwitz history has lost its sense. Shares Jankélévitch's, Primo Levi's and Emmanuel Levinas' horror of being alive, which he sees as the opposite of the Hegelian belief in the future. Emphasizes the moral obligation to remember, to remain attentive to voices from the past. Warns against using the Holocaust in the service of some ulterior goal. also cautions against casual or disturbing "friends of the Holocaust", who either freeze the memory of the Shoah or manipulate it. Reflects on different ways of listening to the past in essays dealing with Claude Lanzmann, Ernest Renan, René Char and Albert Camus, among others. Includes an essay about the function of art in Theresienstadt
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The future of a negation : reflections on the question of genocide
The wisdom of loveThe imaginary Jew = Le juif imaginaireThe defeat of the mindIn the name of humanity : reflections on the twentieth centuryDispatches from the Balkan War and other writings
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Alain Finkelkraut

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Alain Finkielkraut filosofo e giornalista francese

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Alain Finkielkraut French essayist

Alain Finkielkraut French essayist, born 1949

Alain Finkielkraut philosophe, essayiste et producteur de radio français

Alanus Finkielkraut

Finkielkraut, Aiain

Finkielkraut Alain

Finkielkraut, Alain 1949-

Ален Фінкелькраут

Финкелькраут, Ален

אלן פינקלקראוט

אלן פינקלקראוט פילוסוף יהודי צרפתי ממוצא פולני

פינקלקראוט, אלן

פינקלקראוט, אלן 1949-

ألان فنكلكروت

آلن فنکیلکروت

알랭 핑켈크로트

팽키엘크로, 알랭 1949-

핑켈크로트, 알렝 1949-


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