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Finkielkraut, Alain

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Works: 349 works in 1,193 publications in 18 languages and 14,397 library holdings
Genres: Trials, litigation, etc  Educational films  Internet videos  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Interviews  Essays 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Interviewer, Author of introduction, Producer, Publishing director, Interviewee, Director, Editor, Collector, Film editor, Host, Commentator, pmn
Classifications: CB428, 909.82
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Most widely held works by Alain Finkielkraut
The defeat of the mind by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

85 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in 11 languages and held by 1,321 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
Remembering in vain : the Klaus Barbie trial and crimes against humanity by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

36 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 707 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 wisdom of love by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

54 editions published between 1984 and 2006 in 7 languages and held by 500 WorldCat member 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
In the name of humanity : reflections on the twentieth century by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 419 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 )

19 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in 6 languages and held by 407 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
The imaginary Jew = Le juif imaginaire by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 403 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
The future of a negation : reflections on the question of genocide by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

9 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le nouveau désordre amoureux by Pascal Bruckner( Book )

60 editions published between 1977 and 2005 in 10 languages and held by 351 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
Le juif imaginaire by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

49 editions published between 1980 and 2001 in 5 languages and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essay over de joodse identiteit van naoorlogse joden
L'humanité perdue : essai sur le XXe siècle by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

23 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in French and Spanish and held by 281 WorldCat member 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
Le mécontemporain : Péguy, lecteur du monde moderne by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in French and Italian and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Freedom of Expression Must Include the License to Offend: A Debate( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 224 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
Nous autres, modernes : quatre leçons by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in French and held by 224 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
Un cœur intelligent : lectures by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

24 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 212 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
Ce que peut la littérature( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in French and held by 198 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
Une voix vient de l'autre rive by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 194 WorldCat member 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
L'imparfait du présent : pièces brèves by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in French and Romanian and held by 187 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
L'identité malheureuse by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kritische beschouwing over de multiculturele samenleving
L'ingratitude : conversation sur notre temps by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in French and German and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Ce livre doit à toutes les conversations de l'amitié, ses lieux : l'Europe centrale, Israël, le Québec, les Etats-Unis, la France, ses thèmes : les petites nations, le destin des langues, la transmission, l'amour du monde, le multiculturalisme, la mort de l'admiration et son sujet : l'art d'hériter ou ce qu'il en reste à l'âge ingrat de la démocratie radicale.""
L'avenir d'une négation : réflexion sur la question du génocide by Alain Finkielkraut( Book )

11 editions published in 1982 in 3 languages and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The defeat of the mind
Alternative Names
Alain Finkelkraut

Alain Finkielkraut filosofo e giornalista francese

Alain Finkielkraut francouzský filozof

Alain Finkielkraut francuski filozof i eseista

Alain Finkielkraut Frans filosoof

Alain Finkielkraut französischer Philosoph und Autor

Alain Finkielkraut French essayist, born 1949

Alanus Finkielkraut

Finkielkraut, Aiain

Finkielkraut, Alain

Finkielkraut, Alain 1949-

Финкелькраут, Ален

אלן פינקלקראוט

פינקלקראוט, אלן

פינקלקראוט, אלן 1949-

알랭 핑켈크로트

팽키엘크로, 알랭 1949-

アラン・フィンケルクロート

フィンケルクロート, アラン

阿兰·芬基尔克罗

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The wisdom of loveIn the name of humanity : reflections on the twentieth centuryDispatches from the Balkan War and other writingsThe imaginary Jew = Le juif imaginaireThe future of a negation : reflections on the question of genocide