CULTURE : French philosopher André Glucksmann dies at 78

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Philosopher André Glucksmann has died in Paris this morning, his son announced on his Facebook page. Known as a member of the “New Philosophers” along with fellow countrymen Bernard Henri-Lévy or Pascal Bruckner, the French intellectual was 78.

Glucksmann was born in the suburbs of Paris in 1937. After Philosophy studies, he quickly became one of the most recognizable faces of the French intellectual and philosophical landscape. A strong supporter of communism in his early days, he rallied support for the Vietnamese boat people in the late 1970s.

Glucksmann quickly broke away from Marxism though, as he started campaigning for Atlanticism and military interventions, notably the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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French President François Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls – among other French public figures – paid homage to a philosopher who was considered by many as the voice of a generation. Glucksmann was “attentive to the people’s suffering and never resigned to the fatality of war,” Hollande said.

“My first and best friend is no more,” his son Raphael Glucksmann said.

Duke Padmore, IEJ3F

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