Penser la Grande Guerre à partir de l’expérience allemande

August 5th, 2014

 Article paru dans la revue Esprit (août-septembre 2014), pp. 110-113.  C.f.  Penser la Grande Guerre: Grande Guerre dans Esprit

La Grande Guerre marque en Allemagne marque une rupture plus profonde que l’on ne l’imagine.  Il n’y a de comparaison historique qu’avec la Révolution de 1989 si l’on reprend l’échelle d’analyse proposée jadis par Furet dans Penser la révolution française.  Relecture donc de cette guerre et de ses présupposées et de ses reflects idéologiques à partir du grand livre de Herfried Münkler.  

Voir le lien ci-dessus à la revue Esprit.  Ou bien, ce lien: 

Une version anglaise paraîtra dans la revue en ligne Logos  (; et une traduction espagnole est prévue dans la revue La Maleta de Port Bou (


December 4th, 2013

Series Editor’s Foreword (pp. xi-xiv)  to Martin Breaugh, The Plebeian Experience.  A Discontinuous History of Political Freedom (Columbia University Press “Studies in Political Thought/Political History”).  Breaugh’s provocative study begins with the historical examples of the Roman republic, the Ciompi in Florence, the Carnival in Romans, and the Mansaniello in Naples.  It turns then to the “philosophical genesis ” of what he calls the “plebeian principle” from Marchiavelli through Rancière.  The study then turns to the French revolution, the English Jacobins and the Paris Commune.  The third part of the book tries briefly, in 40 suggestive pages, to draw some contemporary conclusions concerning what Breaugh calls the “social bond of fraternity” (from the Sans-Culottes), the “political bond of plurality” (from the English Jacobins)  and the “political bond of association association” (from the Commune).

The editorial Foreword puts this study also in the context of the CUP “Studies in Political Thought/Political History” edited by Dick Howard.


October 4th, 2010

André Gorz, “The Socialism of Tomorrow,” Telos, Nr. 67, Spring, 1986, pp. 199-206.

N. Gnesotto, “The Intellectual and the Diplomat,” Telos, Nr. 64, Summer, 1985, pp. 140-143.

J. Rupnik, “Standing Up to the Lie,” Telos, Nr. 62, Winter 1985, pp. 174-177.

Jean-Michel Besnier, “Three French Neo-Conservatives,”  Telos, Nr. 61, Fall, 1984, pp. 227- 232.

Jacques Caroux, “French Socialism in the Age of Torment,”  Telos, Nr. 59, Spring, 1984, pp. 162-167.

Paul Thibaud, “Pacifism and its Problems,”  Telos, Nr. 59, Spring, 1984, pp. 151-162.

André Gorz, “Security:  Against What?  For What?  With What?”  Telos, Nr. 58, Winter, 1983-84, pp. 158-168.

Co-Translator: “Le social et le politique,” Esprit, avril, 1970, pp. 724-729.

Co-Translator: “French New Working Class Theory,” Radical America, Vol. III, No. 2, May, 1969, pp.1-19.


January 1st, 2010

The Primacy of the Political.  A History of Political Thought from the Greeks to the American and French Revolutions (New York:  Columbia University Press, 2010).

La démocratie à l’épreuve.  Chroniques américaines (Paris: Buchet-Chastel, 2006).

Aux origines de la pensée politique américaine  (Paris: Buchet-Chastel, 2004).

  • Reprinted as “livre de poche” in Hachette:  Plurliel, 2008.

The Specter of Democracy,  (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002).   Paperback edition, 2006.

Marx.  Aux origines de la pensée critique (Paris: Editions Michalon, 2001).

Pour une critique du jugement politique.  Comment repolitiser le jeu démocratique  (Paris: Editions du Cerf,  1998).

Political Judgements, (Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997).

From Marx to Kant, 2nd revised and expanded edition, with new Introduction (London: Macmillan and New York: St. Martins Press, 1993).

  •  French translation (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1995).

Defining the Political (London:  Macmillan. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1989).

The Marxian Legacy, 2nd revised edition with 100 page Afterword (London:  Macmillan and Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 1988).

The Politics of Critique (London: Macmillan, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1988).

La naissance de la pensée politique américaine (Paris; Editions Ramsay, 1987).

  • The Birth of American Political Thought, English translation by David Ames Curtis, Introduction and Afterword by the author (London: Macmillan and Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1989).
  • Die Grundlegung der amerikanischen Demokratie, German translation by Ulrich Rodel, with Introduction by author, Framkfurt am Main: Edition Suhrkamp, 2001).

From Marx to Kant (State University of New York Press:  Albany, 1985).

The Marxian Legacy (Macmillan:  London, 1977; Urizen:  New York, 1978).

The Development of the Marxian Dialectic.  (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1972).

Book Reviews

January 1st, 2004

Review of Benjamin Isaac, “The Invention of Racism in Classical Antiquity,” in The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Nr. 46, Winter 2004/5, pp. 126-128.

Review of Cornel West, “Democracy Matters,” in The New York Times, September 22, 2004.

“Beyond Freedom Fries: Why 2 Democriacies Snipe,” The New York Times, Arts section, April 14, 2004. (Review of two recent books on Franco-American politics.)

Review of Harald Bluhm, Die Ordnung der Ordnung:das politische Philosophieren von Leo Strauss, Constellations, Vol 10, Nr. 4, pp. 574-78.

Review of Pierre-Olivier Monteil, Ce train ne pas de voyageurs, Esprit, aout-septembre, 2003, p. 241.

Review of Paul Berman, Terror and Liberalaism,” in Kommune, 3/03, 21 Jahrgang, Juni-Juli, 2003, pp. 6-9.

To the Barricades, a review of “Forging Democradcy: The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000,” by Geoff Eley, Washington Post, Book World, September 1, 2002, p.4.

  • Review reprinted in the (British) Guardian Weekly, September 26-October 2, 2002, p.30

Review of Habermas, “Between Facts and Values,” German Politics and Society, Vol 15, Nr. 1, Spring, 1997, pp. 140-147.

“Coup de sonde dans l’edition americaine,” Esprit, janvier, 1991, pp. 142-147.

Sandy Petry, Realism and Revolution: Balzac, Stendhal, Zola and the Performances of History, in Philosophy and Social  Criticism, Vol. 16, Nr. 1, 1990, pp. 55-59.

David Vogel, Fluctuating Fortunes.  The Political Power of Business in America, in Le journal des Elections, Nr. 14, decembre-janvier, 1990, pp. 36-37.

Charles Krauthammer, Cutting Edges, Raison présente, Winter, 1988.

Russell Jacoby, The Last Intellectuals, Notes de la Fondation Saint-Simon, février, 1988.

John P. Diggins, The Lost Soul of American Politics, Commonweal, Vol. CXIII, Nr. 1, January 17, 1986, pp. 22-25.

Conrad Detrez, A Weed for Burning, Commonweal, Vol. CXII, Nr. 16, September 20, 1985, pp. 507-508

S. Cohen, Rethinking the Soviet Experience, Telos, Nr. 65, Fall, 1985, pp. 191-192.

Fred Siegel, Troubled Journey:  From Pearl Harbor to Ronald Regan, in Newsday, July 29, 1984.

Stanley Hoffmann, Duties beyond Borders, Telos, No. 59, Spring, 1984. pp. 236-239.

Peter Sloterdijk, Kritik der zynischen Vernunft, and F. de Closets, Toujours Plus, in Thesis Eleven, Nr. 10/11, 1984/85, pp. 236-240.

Mark Naison, Communists in Harlem during the Depression, Commonweal, May 18, 1984, pp. 318-319.

“Theories of Class,” review of Frank Parkin, Marxism and Class Theory, Dissent, Spring, 1981, pp. 228-231.

“The Frankfurt Myth and its History,” review of Martin Jay, The Dialectical Imagination, Partisan Review, Vol. XLI, 1974, pp. 464-469.

Bernhard Waldenfels, Das Zwischenreich de Dialogs.  Sozialphilosophische Untersuchungen in Anschluss an Edmund Husserl, Erasmus, Vol. 25, No. 3-4, November 10, 1974, pp. 69-77.

Istvan Meszaros, ed., Aspects of History and Class ConsciousnessTelos, No. 11, Spring, 1972, pp. 152-160.

Manfred Hahn, Bürgerlicher Optimismus im Niedergang.  Studien zu Lorenz Stein und Hegel, Erasmus, Vol. 24, No. 13-14, pp. 522-526.

T.W. Adorno, Jargon der Eigentlichkeit, Telos, No. 8, Summer, 1971, pp. 146-149.

Bernhard Bueb, Nietzsche’s Kritik der praktischen Vernunft, Erasmus, Vol. 23, No. 19-20, October 10, 1971, pp. 837-840.

Karl Marx, Secret Diplomatic History of the Eighteenth Century and The Story of the Life of Lord Palmerston, Science and Society, Vol. XXXV, No. 1, Spring, 1971, pp.84-88.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Humanism and Terror, Commonweal, November 27, 1970.

Arthur London, The Confession, and Vladimir Dedijer, The Battle Stalin Lost, Erasmus, March 5, 1971.

Gunther Ellscheid, Das Problem vom Sein und Sollen in der Philosophie Immanuel Kants, Erasmus, Vol. 22, No. 17-18, September 10, 1970.

Jacques d’Hondt, Hegel en son temps, Erasmus, Vol. 22, No. ll-12, June 10, 1970.

Ralph Milliband, The State in Capitalist Society, Commonweal, April 17, 1970.

T.H. von Laue, The Global City, and V.C. Ferkiss, Technological man:  The Myth and the Reality, Commonweal,  April 18, 1969.

K. Boulding,  Beyond Economics, Commonweal,  April 18, 1969.

A. Hoffmann, Revolution for the hell of it, Commonweal,  February 7, 1969.

Melanie Klein et al., Developpements de la psychoanalyse, Atomes, octobre, 1967.

G. Friedmann, Sept études sur l’homme et la technique, Atomes, mars, 1967.

Louis Franck, La politique économique des Etats-Unis, Atomes, fevrier, 1967.


January 1st, 1981

Selected Political Writings of Rosa Luxemburg (New York:  Monthly Review Press, 1971).  Second Printing, 1973, Third Printing, 1975, Fourth Printing, 1981.

The Unknown Dimension:  European Marxism since Lenin (with Karl E. Klare), (New York:  Basic Books, 1972).

  • Spanish translation, Editorial  Paidos: Buenos Aires, 4 volumes, 1973.
  • Japanese translation, Gendai no Riron: Tokyo, 2 volumes, 1973.

Serge Mallet’s Essays on the New Working Class (editor and translator with Dean Savage), (St. Louis:  Telos Press, 1975).

Stony Brook Studies in Philosophy, Vol. 1, “Philosophy and Social Theory,” (with P. Byrne and J.C. Evans), (Stony Brook, New York, 1974).