Barbara Cassin

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Barbara Cassin (French: [kasɛ̃]; born 24 October 1947, Boulogne-Billancourt) is a French philologist and philosopher. She was elected to the Académie française on 4 May 2018.

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.[citation needed]

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 Étienne Balibar, Fernando Santoro, Michel Deguy, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Philippe-Joseph Salazar and Alain Badiou, among others.[5]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2010-06-27.
  2. ^ Both resigned over a disagreement with the Publisher; see Seuil franchi, in Libération, Paris, 17 May 2007.
  3. ^ English translation: Dictionary of Untranslatables. A Philosophical Lexicon, Princeton University Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0691138701
  4. ^ "Barbara Cassin on Google (Episode 1) - Cultural Technologies Podcast - Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan". Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Les pluriels de Barbara Cassin (2012)". Retrieved 10 January 2018.