Jeanne Hersch

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Jeanne Hersch (1991)

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

She studied under the existentialist Karl Jaspers in Germany in the early 1930s. 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.[1]

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.[2][3]

In 1987, she received the Einstein Medal.[4]


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


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