Original title: Microréflexions
These alert cogitations show that in reducing the size of our thoughts we increase their depth. – Le Canard Enchaîné
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.