Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh asks 'Where have all the great French thinkers gone?'

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Sudhir Hazareesingh has written an article for the Guardian (13 June) entitled 'From Left Bank to left behind: where have the great French thinkers gone?'

In it he writes, "French thought is in the doldrums. French philosophy, which taught the world to reason with sweeping and bold systems such as rationalism, republicanism, feminism, positivism, existentialism and structuralism, has had conspicuously little to offer in recent decades. Saint-Germain-des-Prés, once the engine room of the Parisian Left Bank’s intellectual creativity, has become a haven of high-fashion boutiques, with fading memories of its past artistic and literary glory."

The full article can be read here:

The article is based on soon-to-be-released Sudhir's book: How the French Think: An Affectionate Portrait of an Intellectual People (Allen Lane, 2015)

Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh is CUF Lecturer in Politics and Tutorial Fellow in Politics, Balliol College