Jean-François Revel

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Cunning like a hedgehog.

Cunning like a heldgehog. In memory of Jean-François Revel, man of letters, man of integrity, friend Par Simon Leys The Australian Literary Review, 1 August 2007 G K. CHESTERTON, whose formidable mind drew inspiration from a vast culture – literary, political, poetical, historical and philosophical – once received the naive praise of a lady: “Oh, […]

Review of “Les Plats de saison” and three other books

Paru dans le Times Literary Supplement le 30 novembre 2001, by Henri Astier. Books reviewed: – Régis Debray, L’Emprise, Gallimard, 146p, FF75, ISBN 2-07-075861-3 – Régis Debray, I.F. suite et fin, Gallimard, 190p, FF85, ISBN 2-07-076069-3 – Tzvetan Todorov, Mémoire du mal, Tentation du bien, Enquête sur le siècle, Robert Laffont, 356p, FF149, ISBN 2-221-09079-9 […]

Review of “L’absolutisme inefficace” and one other book

Critique parue dans le Times Literary Supplement le 5 février 1993, par Henri Astier. Books reviewed: – Bernard Lacroix, Jacques Lagroye, eds, Le président de la République, usages et genèses d’une institution, Paris: Presses de la Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, 416p., 180F, ISBN 2 7246-0613-2. – Jean-François Revel, L’Absolutisme inefficace, ou contre le présidentialisme […]

Review of “Le Regain démocratique”

Critique du Regain démocratique, paru dans le Times Literary Supplement le 28 août 1992, par Henri Astier. Half-a-dozen essays written in the 1970s and 1980s established Jean-François Revel, a philosopher/journalist with a zest for anti-Gaullist pamphleteering, as France’s leading anti-communist intellectual. In best-sellers with dire titles like The Totalitarian Temptation or How Democracies Perish, Revel […]

Review of “Histoire de la philosophie occidentale”

Critique de L’Histoire de la philosophie occidentale, à l’occasion de sa réédition, parue dans le Times Literary Supplement le 13 mai 1994, par Henri Astier. This one-volume edition of Jean-Francois Revel’s two-part Histoire de la philosophie occidentale (first published in the late 1960s) covers thinkers from the pre-Socratics to Kant. It is a jargon-free narrative […]

Review of “Pour Jean-François Revel”

By Henri Astier Pierre Boncenne, Pour Jean-François Revel: Un esprit libre Plon, 343 pages, 21 euros, ISBN 2-259-19920-8 Pierre Boncenne has written the first book ever about Jean-François Revel. The fact that it was published after his death goes a long way towards proving its main point – the greatest French thinker of his age […]

Émission Du Grain à moudre (France Culture)

Hommage à Jean-François Revel dans l’émission Du Grain à moudre du 2 janvier 2007. Les invités sont: – Pierre Boncenne. – Jean-François Sirinelli. – Alain Besancon. – Jacques Julliard. Présentation par Brice Couturier. Durée de l’émission: 55 minutes Critiques de l’émission: Par Hoplite Par Sardanapale

Review of “La Grande Parade”

First published in The Times Literary Supplement in September 1st, 2000 and untitled «Worse than Hitler». Jean François Revel, La grande parade, Essai sur la survie de l’utopie socialiste. Paris: Plon, 346p., F129 (€19,66) 2-259-19056-1 Reviewed by: Henri Astier Before the collapse of communism many people on the left in the west took a bleak […]

Review of books about globalization

Par Henri Astier First time published in the Times Literary Supplement on the 18th of March, 2005 Version augmentée par rapport à celle publiée dans le TLS. Books reviewed: Jagdish Bhagwati, In Defense of Globalization, New York, Oxford University Press, 308p, $28, £19.99, ISBN 0-19-517025-3 Martin Wolf, Why Globalization Works, New Haven and London, Yale […]

Anti-americanism – by H. Astier

A study by reviewing three books on this topic, by Henri Astier. This article was published by the Times Literary Supplement on January 10, 2003 under the title “La maladie française”. Jean-François Revel, L’Obsession antiaméricaine, Son fonctionnement, ses causes, ses inconséquencesPlon, 302 p, 20 euros, ISBN 2-259-19449-4. (English version: Anti-Americanism) Philippe Roger, L’Ennemi américain, Généalogie […]

Orwell and Revel – by Henri Astier

Spilling the Beans in Paris and London by Henri Astier. First time published in the Contemporary Review, in June 1994. Anglo-saxon readers don’t need to be reminded who George Orwell is, but a few words of introduction might help in the case of Jean-Francois Revel. A philosopher turned journalist, Revel has been one of France’s […]