The Mediocracy: French Philosophy Since the Mid-1970s: French Philosophy Since 1968

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Generating great controversy on its publication in France last year, The Mediocracy argues that a veritable counter-revolution in intellectual life has seen the period of the "master-thinkers" of the 1960s succeeded by an era of generalized mediocrity. Where Althusser or Lacan, Foucault or Derrida once held centre stage, today restorationist currents prevail in academia and on television sets. Fuelled by a complaisant media, contemporary French ideology seeks neither to interpret nor to change the world, but is instead content to legitimize a globally hegemonic neo-liberalism.

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"Serious students and professors of French history and culture between 1968 and 1998 will find this book fascinating ... It effectively recreates the intense intellectual atmosphere of Paris during the 30 years following the 'events' of 1968. Lecourt, a former student of Louis Althusser, draws on a rich tapestry of books, newspaper columns, magazine articles, TV broadcasts, and university lectures."--Choice

"Dominique Lecourt ... [is] rightly concerned with the present state of French intellectual life, and fearful for its future."--Radical Philosophy

"Without a doubt, Lecourt's observations on the French philosophical scene will appeal to fans and specialists eager for a glimpse of when 'Derrida was not yet Derrida', of mysterious Guy Debord and his 'Situationist' admirers, and tidbits from the 'battle of petitions' that once defined political struggle among French intellectuals. His insistence, against the French team of Luc Ferry and Alain Renault, that the protests of May '68 comprised quite diverse ideological elements and not just an 'anti-humanist' rigidity, deserves consideration."--Philadelphia Inquirer

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Defending and contrasting the common critical project to which Althusser, Foucault, and others were committed before and after 1968 with the philosophical impostures and political abdications of the present, Lecourt calls for a resumption of the traditions that made Paris the post-war intellectual capital of Europe.

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