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Benoît Chantre: "René Girard, this meteor of French thought"

2023-09-22T05:21:12.952Z

Highlights: This new biography gives us a better understanding of how his work invented a "new spirit of Christianity" where nihilism rubs shoulders with the apocalypse of charity. The biography of Benoît Chantre is an event in a depressed philosophical landscape. It plunges us back into the lively and fruitful atmosphere of intellectual debate in France the second half of the twentieth century. René Girard was passionately part of it, while asserting himself as a Catholic thinker. His correspondence also reveals the variety of his interlocutors.


This new biography gives us a better understanding of how his work invented a "new spirit of Christianity" where nihilism rubs shoulders with the apocalypse of charity.


This article is from Figaro Magazine

The biography of Benoît Chantre is an event in a depressed philosophical landscape. It plunges us back into the lively and fruitful atmosphere of intellectual debate in France the second half of the twentieth century. René Girard was then passionately part of it, while asserting himself as a Catholic thinker.

You wrote a 1000-page biography of an unclassifiable French thinker. Why such a sum?

Probably to live up to the centenary of his birth! I had to take the time to rebuild the link between the man and his work, but also between this work and his time. And then, there is a lot of material: he leaves us about twenty books and more than 80 articles that are as many original essays, not to mention the many interviews he gave throughout his life.

This thinker of intersubjectivity had to be placed in this effervescent context where intellectual debates were at their highest level.

I also rely on unpublished texts, romantic attempts and abundant working notes. His correspondence also reveals the variety of his interlocutors...

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Source: lefigaro

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