Jean-Pierre Faye

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Jean-Pierre Faye (2002)

Jean-Pierre Faye (born 19 July 1925) is a French philosopher and writer of fiction and prose poetry.


Faye was born in Paris. He was member of the editing committee of the avant-garde literary review Tel Quel,[1] and later of Change. He received the Prix Renaudot for his 1964 novel L'Écluse (Éditions Seuil). He is a regular contributor to Gilles Deleuze's literary journal Chimère.

With Jacques Derrida and others, he authored the "Blue Report" (French: Le rapport bleu) which led to the Collège international de philosophie, an open university, in 1983. Yet he soon turned against deconstructionism, postmodernism and its main apostles — as reflected in Langages totalitaires 2: la raison narrative (1995).

His essays, including Théorie du récit and Langages Totalitaires, remain influential studies of the use and abuse of language by totalitarian states and ideologies.

Faye is credited with creating the horseshoe theory.[2]

Select bibliography[edit]

  • Balthus : les dessins. Adam Biro, 1998. ISBN 978-2-87660-231-1
  • Concepts number 7: Jean-Pierre Faye et la Philosophie. Sils Maria, 2005. ISBN 978-2-930242-44-6
  • Introduction aux langages totalitaires : Théorie et Transformations du récit. Revised edition Hermann, 2003. ISBN 978-2-7056-6450-3
  • Journal du voyage absolu : Jeux et enjeux du Grand Danger, accompagné des Transformants féminins. Hermann, 2003. ISBN 978-2-7056-6469-5
  • (with Anne-Marie de la Vilaine) La déraison antisémite et son langage. Actes Sud, 1993. ISBN 978-2-7427-0094-3
  • La frontière: Sarajevo en archipel. Actes Sud, 1999. ISBN 978-2-7427-0601-3
  • Langages totalitaires. Reprinted Hermann, 2004. ISBN 978-2-7056-6480-0
  • La philosophie desormais. Colin, 2004. ISBN 978-2-200-26550-2
  • Le langage meurtrier. Hermann, 1996. ISBN 978-2-7056-6256-1
  • Le livre du vrai. Evénement violence. L'Harmattan, 1998. ISBN 978-2-7384-7148-2
  • Le Siècle des idéologies. Agora, 2002. ISBN 978-2-266-10141-7
  • Nietzsche et Salomé. Ecrivains, 2000. ISBN 978-2-246-58591-6
  • (with Jacqueline Russ) Qu'est-ce que la philosophie? Colin, 1997. ISBN 978-2-200-01548-0


  1. ^ "[Faye] a été plusieurs années durant membre de notre comité de rédaction, exactement du no. 14 (été 1963) au no. 31 (automne 1967)". cf. Tel Quel Nr. 43 (Herbst 1970) S. 89
  2. ^ Encel, Frédéric; Thual, François (2004-11-13). "United States-Israel: A friendship that needs to be demystified". Le Figaro. Paris. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2009-02-13. Jean-Pierre Faye's famous horseshoe theory (according to which extremes meet) finds verification here more than in other places, and the two states of delirium often mingle and meet, unfortunately spreading beyond these extremist circles. But contrary to the legend deliberately maintained and/or the commonplace believed in good faith, Israel and the United States have not always been allies; on several occasions their relations have even been strained.

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