Marc Crépon

October 23 - November 03-04, 2014
Mid-West

Marc Crépon was born in Decize, Nièvre, in 1962. After high school, he chose a preparatory course at Lycée Condorcet and was inspired by one of his professors, Serge Boucheron, to turn towards moral and political disciplines of philosophy. After attending Ecole Normale Supérieure and receiving his agrégation (passing a high-ranking civil service exam), Marc Crépon taught philosophy at Nanterre University before moving to the USSR for two years. This extended stay abroad greatly influenced his pedagogical approach and philosophical reflections, in which he developed most of his ideas on relations between political and linguistic communities.

His research and thesis allowed him the opportunity of becoming the head of the research department at CNRS (National Scientific Research Center) for Archives Husserl. With an unquestionable passion for education and teaching, Marc Crépon returned to ENS in 2011 and was recruited as head of the philosophy department. He also works as head of the ENS sciences and humanities Ecole doctorale. His research focuses on components of linguistic communities in French and German philosophy from the 18th to the 20th centuries, and also on contemporary political and moral philosophy. His main subject is violence.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

In English
-The Thought of Death and the Memory of War, University Of Minnesota Press, Oct.2013, translated by Michael Loriaux

In French

-Le consentement meurtrier, Paris, éditions du Cerf, 2012-Configurations du nihilisme, (avec Marc de Launay, éd.), éditions Vrin, 2012
-Elections : de la démophobie, Paris, éditions Hermann, 2012
-La guerre des civilisations, La culture de la peur II, Paris, éditions Galilée, 2010
-La culture de la peur, Démocratie, identité, sécurité, Paris, éditions Galilée, 2008
-Vivre avec la pensée de la mort et la mémoire des guerres, Hermann, 2008
-Derrida, la tradition de la philosophie (Recueil, avec Frédéric Worms) Galilée, 2008
-De la démocratie participative, fondements et limites, avec Bernard Stiegler, Mille et une nuits, 2007
-Altérités de lEurope, Galilée, 2006
-Langues sans demeure, Paris, Galilée, 2005
-Terreur et poésie, Galilée, 2004
-LImposture du choc des civilisations, Editions pleins feux, 2002
-Les Promesses du langage : Benjamin, Rosenzweig, Heidegger, Vrin, 2001
-Le Malin Géni des langues, Essais sur Nietzsche, Heidegger, Rosenzweig, Vrin, 2000
-L’Harmonie des langues, Essais de G.W. Leibniz sur la langue allemande et autres textes, présenté, traduit [avec Ph. Büttgen, F. Mariani Zini et J. Sudaka] et commenté par M. Crépon, Le seuil, 2000
-La Langue source de la nation, messianismes séculiers et Europe centrale et orientale (du XVIIIe au XXème siècle), avec P. Caussat & D. Adamski, Mardaga, 1996
- Les Géographies de l’esprit : Enquête sur la caractérisation des peuples de Leibniz à Hegel, Payot, 1996

Proposed lectures

1) Hatred ordeal
Amongst the surprises brought by war, one of the most brutal is the immediate contamination of hatred in soldiers’ and civilians’ hearts and minds. It is never a spontaneous thing, but it is part of both a “culture of fear” and a “culture of the enemy”. These are the most impressive ordeals which those who want peace and a chance for a (brighter) future have to overcome. That was the case for Romain Rolland and Stephan Zweig whose texts, written during the summer of 1914, will be inspected here regarding that idea.

2) Love for the motherland is a controversial concep
On the eve of WW1, a debate about the motherland and patriotism shook both political and intellectual classes in France. Nonetheless, since the beginning of this war, the matter had been shifted and replaced by concerns for a sense of sacrifice for the motherland (pro patria mori). This question was debated a lot, and more and more as the conflict lasted. Some even denounced the idea of motherland as an idol justifying bloodbaths. This matter, at the heart of a lot of conflicts, will be discussed here with the help of some of the voices which participated in those debates: Jaurès, Péguy, Rolland and Alain.

About the Book

The Thought of Death and the Memory of War
Translated by Michael Loriaux
University of Minnesota Press, 2010
(French Voices Grant, 2010)

Marc Crépon pursues a path toward a cosmopolitics of mourning through readings of works by Freud, Heidegger, Sartre, Derrida, and Ricœur, and others. The movement among these writers marks a way through—and against—twentieth-century interpretation to argue that no war, genocide, or neglect of people is possible without suspending how one relates to the death of another human being.

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