Barbara Cassin

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Barbara Cassin (French: [kasɛ̃]; born October 24, 1947) is a French philologist and philosopher, born in 1947 in Boulogne-Billancourt. A past Director at Jacques Derrida's Collège international de philosophie and director of research (senior research chair) at the CNRS.[1] In 2006 she succeeded Jonathan Barnes to the directorship of the leading centre of excellence in Ancient philosophy, Centre Leon-Robin, at the Sorbonne. Her work centers on Sophism and rhetoric, and their relation to philosophy. In a footnote in 2007's Logic of Worlds, Alain Badiou portrays her work as a synthesis of Heideggerian thought with the linguistic turn. From 1991 to 2007 she co-directed with Alain Badiou the series L'Ordre Philosophique, at Le Seuil publishers.[2] She is the author of L'Effet Sophistique (1995) and the editor of Vocabulaire Européen des Philosophies, ( 2004)[3] an international collective work of philosophers sponsored by the European Union. She has also written Google-moi. La Deuxième Mission de l'Amérique (2007),[4] In September 2012 a Cerisy symposium about her works was held, with contributions by Xavier North, Étienne Balibar, Fernando Santoro, Michel Deguy, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Philippe-Joseph Salazar and Alain Badiou.[5]


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  2. ^ Both resigned over a disagreement with the Publisher; see Seuil franchi, in Libération, Paris, 17 mai 2007
  3. ^ English translation: Dictionary of Untranslatables. A Philosophical Lexicon, Princeton University Press, 2014.
  4. ^ A book which she discussed in an interview in English on the Cultural Technologies podcast.
  5. ^ Program: