Jeanne Hersch

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Jeanne Hersch
Jeanne Hersch 1991.jpg
Jeanne Hersch (1991)
Born(1910-07-13)13 July 1910
Geneva, Switzerland
Died5 June 2000(2000-06-05) (aged 89)
Geneva, Switzerland
FamilyLiebmann Hersch (father)
AwardsEinstein Medal
Main interests

Jeanne Hersch (13 July 1910 – 5 June 2000) was a Swiss philosopher of Polish-Jewish origin, whose works dealt with the concept of freedom. She was the daughter of Liebman Hersch.

Education and career[edit]

Hersch was born in 1910 in Geneva, Switzerland. She later studied under the existentialist Karl Jaspers in Germany in the early 1930s. She taught French, Latin and Philosophy in the International School of Geneva, the world's first international school, for 33 years (1933-1956).[1][2][3][4] In 1956, she was appointed to a professorship at the University of Geneva, one of the first women to hold such a post at a Swiss university, holding the post until 1977. From 1966 to 1968 she headed the philosophy division of UNESCO, and was a member of its executive commission from 1970 to 1972.[5]

In 1968 she edited Le droit d'être un homme, une anthologie mondiale de la liberté in French (translated in English in 1969 as Birthright of Man: A Selection of Texts and also in Greek as Το δικαίωμα να είσαι άνθρωπος), an anthology of writings on human rights, republished in French in 1984 and 1990.[6][7]

In 1987, she received the Einstein Medal.[8]


  • Emmanuel Dufour-Kowalski Présence dans le Temps, L'Âge d'Homme Editions, Lausanne, 1999.


  1. ^ "Ecolint Women Honoured in Geneva". 27 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Ecolint's Jewish Heritage".
  3. ^ "Hersch, Jeanne (1910-2000)".
  4. ^ Echo, Issue 18, Spring 2016, page 19
  5. ^ "Jeanne Hersch; Swiss Philosopher". Los Angeles Times. 8 June 2000.
  6. ^ Electronic copy (PDF) of Birthright of man in English at UNESCO
  7. ^ Le Droit d'etre un Homme
  8. ^ Albert Einstein Medal Laureates

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