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French Philosophy Block in Paris

French Philosophy Block in Paris
French Philosophy in Paris 2017

With the close of block 2, Jonathan Lee and Dennis McEnnerney completed the third iteration of their course, “French Philosophy in Context: 1930 to the Present,” taught in Paris, France.  The seventeen students in the course studied innovative writers associated with a variety of critical philosophical approaches, including existential, phenomenological, structuralist, poststructuralist, and feminist ones.  Three leading philosophers of the current generation visited the class, reflecting on their engagements with a diverse array of thinkers, including Frantz Fanon, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Giles Deleuze.  In addition, the class toured a number of art museums, focusing on works that influenced and were influenced by French philosophical developments.  Taking historical walks of the Right and Left Banks, visiting significant monuments, and sampling cuisine, the students came to engage with the broader culture that formed the background for what Alain Badiou has termed “the adventure of recent French philosophy.”