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The Philosopher and the Tyrant (Le philosophe et le tyran)

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Original Language: French | 336 pp. | May 2012

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According to Robert Musil, philosophers are violent human beings, who, for lack of having an army at their disposal, are submitting the world to themselves by locking it in a system. They sometimes even try to achieve their goals by becoming advisors of Princes. In this case, they are exposing themselves to painful frustrations as a prince (“good” king or “evil” tyrant) has nothing to do with the advices of a naïve philosopher. The reason why I‘m coming back on the top events of this history (Plato and Dionysius, Descartes and Christine, Voltaire and Frederick, Heidegger and Hitler, etc..), is not to invite philosophers to move away from politics. Instead, it is an attempt to establish a genuine dialogue between power and thought. But, for making it possible, it is necessary to acknowledge the paranoid nature of the philosophical approach.