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Micro-Reflections (Microréflexions)

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Original Language: French | 250 pp | October 2019

2 Seas Represents: World Excl. French.

ESSAY | PHILOSOPHY

As a genre, micro-fiction is as old as literature itself. So why shouldn’t philosophy also initiate a concision revolution? Alexandre Lacroix takes advantage of the virtues of the short form in philosophy.

These micro-reflections have two key points in their favor.

To begin with, they are thrifty with words. Thus they spare readers from falling into the trap of so many essays: they are often just more or less cleverly expressed strings of elements supporting a powerful intuition… which was announced in the introduction. To make progress, ideas no longer need to flaunt encyclopedic knowledge, which has lost much of its value in the age of Wikipedia.

On themes such as love, nature, language, politics, God, and desire, Alexandre Lacroix shows us how to place philosophical reflections front and center in our daily lives. The form is literary; the subjects, reader-friendly; yet the whole is undoubtedly a philosophical essay.

Alexandre Lacroix is the editor-in-chief of Philosophie Magazine. He has written 17 novels and book-length essays that have been translated into a dozen or so languages. His most recent essay is Devant la beauté de la nature (Observing the Beauty of Nature, Allary Éditions 2018).