Philosophy, in the 21st century, has changed: its practices and languages are no longer those of the previous century. A turning point has been taken by new generations and thinkers from diverse origins who, more than commenting on the old masters, are taking philosophy into new fields: health, ecology, neurosciences, security warfare, non-Western thought, trans-identities, the rights of non-human living beings... Shifting the frameworks of the history of philosophy, these thinkers are also finding new audiences, through the media, in hospitals, in the theater, or through literary creation. The 20/21 Philosophers meetings give voice to this renewal of French speaking philosophical practices in the 21st century.
In this weekly series, twenty philosophers present their thoughts and redraw the landscape of contemporary philosophy:
Jean Godefroy Bidima, Florence Burgat, Pierre Cassou Noguès, Yves Citton, Yves Cusset, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Cynthia Fleury, Tristan Garcia, Frédéric Gros, Delphine Horvilleur, Yala Kisukidi, Alexandre Lacroix, Catherine Malabou, Corinne Pelluchon, Isabelle Queval, Laurent de Sutter, Adèle Van Reeth, Pierre Vesperini, Aliocha Wald Lasowski, Frédéric Worms
About Pierre Vesperini
Born in 1978, Pierre Vesperini is a Researcher at the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) with a HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches = Accreditation to Supervise Research).
An alumnus of the École normale supérieure de la rue d’Ulm (1999-2004) and the École française de Rome (2009-2013), he authored four books: La philosophia et ses pratiques d’Ennius à Cicéron (2012) ; Droiture et mélancolie. Sur les écrits de Marc Aurèle (2016) ; Lucrèce. Archéologie d’un classique européen (2017) ; La Philosophie antique. Essai d’histoire (2020).
He also translated Seneca’s Octavia (the only Latin tragedy with a historical subject, the same as Monteverdi’s Incoronazione di Poppea) and published an annotated translation of Bertolt Brecht’s Furcht und Elend des III. Reiches (Fear and Misery of the Third Reich sometimes also known as The Private Life of the Master Race). He is currently working at a book on Western rationality as well as an annotated translation of a selection of Theocritus’ Idyls.
Event in English. Organized by François Noudelmann. Sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Photo: José Eduardo Real