Le Débat

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Le Débat is a bi-monthly French periodical founded in 1980 by Pierre Nora and Marcel Gauchet. It has been characterised as the "single most influential intellectual periodical" of late-twentieth-century France.[1]

The first issue of Le Débat appeared on the day of the funeral of Jean-Paul Sartre. As editor, Pierre Nora announced that the review would exemplify a new, post-partisan, role for French intellectuals: free from commitment to revolutionary politics, they would concentrate on the exercise of 'reflective judgement'.[2] According to Nora, Le Débat sold between 8,000 and 15,000 copies per issue in the 1980s.[3]


  1. ^ Mark Lilla, 'New Liberal Thought', The Columbia History Of Twentieth-Century French Thought, 2005, p.67-9.
  2. ^ P. Nora. 'Que peuvent les intellectuels?', Le Débat, 1, 1980, pp. 1-19.
  3. ^ Michael Scott Christofferson, French Intellectuals Against the Left: The Antitotalitarian moment of the 1970s, 2004, 275n8

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