Raphaël Enthoven

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Raphaël Enthoven
Raphaël Enthoven in March 2010
Born (1975-11-09) 9 November 1975 (age 43)
Justine Lévy
(m. 1996; div. 2001)
Partner(s)Carla Bruni (2001–2007)
Chloé Lambert (2007–2012)
Maud Fontenoy (2014-?)
Parent(s)Jean-Paul Enthoven
Catherine David

Raphaël Enthoven (born 9 November 1975) is a French philosophy teacher, radio host and television host. An agrégé who taught at Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 and Paris Diderot University, Enthoven is known to the French public for hosting various philosophy-related shows on radio and television. Although he has been described as a philosopher,[1][2] Enthoven himself rejects being labeled as such.[2]


After obtaining the qualification in philosophy from École Normale Supérieure, he taught for two years at the Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, then at the University of Paris VII-Jussieu, and during the first two years (2002 and 2003) at the Université populaire de Caen, founded by Michel Onfray, where he runs the general philosophy seminar. After distancing himself from the latter[citation needed], he became co-producer of the radio show Les vendredis de la philosophie on France Culture. Having previously lectured political philosophy at the Sciences Po, (2000 - 2003, 2005 - 2007) and at the École Polytechnique (2007 - 2010), he also taught on Spinoza, Bergson and Clément Rosset on Les mardis de la philo and the Bibliothèque nationale de France on the meaning of life[citation needed]. Since 2013, he also teaches philosophy to first and second year high-school students at the École Jeannine Manuel, a private bilingual high-school.[3]

He is the adviser to the editor of Philosophie Magazine, where he holds the "Meaning and life",[4] it is still in production at France Culture. Having dealt with the Appointment Policy, in partnership with the magazine L'Express, he has become an everyday icon in the new program schedule for France Culture in 2008-2009 by bringing to life the show The new paths of knowledge [5] Monday to Friday at 17h.

Since October 2008, he has produced the show Philosophy broadcast on Sunday at 1pm on Arte.[6] He read Marcel Proust in Les Intermittences du cœur and Albertine endormie, with Karol Beffa as pianist.

Personal life[edit]

Enthoven was born in Paris, the son of journalist Catherine David and publisher Jean-Paul Enthoven.[7] In 1996,[8] he married writer Justine Lévy, daughter of philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, himself a friend of Enthoven's father. In 2000, Enthoven began an affair with singer Carla Bruni, which eventually prompted divorce from Lévy in 2001. Justine Lévy wrote a fictionalized version of the story in her book Nothing Serious.[1]

In July 2001, Enthoven had a son named Aurélien with Carla Bruni.[1] In 2007, he separated from Bruni and began a relationship with actress Chloé Lambert, who gave birth to their son in 2008.[9] They are said to have separated around 2012.[10] In October 2014, he had a son with sailor and politician Maud Fontenoy.[11] As of 2016, he has four children.[12]


  • Un jeu d'enfant : la philosophie, Paris, Fayard, 2007 ; Pocket, 2008.
  • L'Endroit du décor, Paris, Gallimard, 2009.
  • Lectures de Proust, Paris, Bayard, 2013.
  • Matière Première, Paris, Gallimard, 2013.


  1. ^ a b c Kolhatkar, Sheelah (3 October 2005). "It's A Chattefight As Novelist Levy Nips Carla Bruni". Observer. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Bastié, Eugénie (28 July 2017). "Raphaël Enthoven : « Notre époque est celle de la contamination de la vertu par le ressentiment»". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.lemonde.fr/televisions-radio/article/2015/10/09/l-information-sous-l-il-du-prof-enthoven_4786601_1655027.html
  4. ^ Exemple d'article de la rubrique « Sens et vie »
  5. ^ Site des nouveaux chemins de la connaissance Archived 2009-02-16 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Philosophie - Pouvoir | Philosophie #1: Le pouvoir | Philosophie | Monde | fr - ARTE Archived 2009-05-18 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Raphaël Enthoven - VSD
  8. ^ "Marriage Of Justine Lévy And Raphaël Enthoven On September 21st, 1996 In Paris, France". Getty Images. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  9. ^ http://www.voici.fr/news-people/actu-people/l-ex-de-carla-bruni-raphael-enthoven-est-papa-264059
  10. ^ http://www.legossip.net/maud-fontenoy-en-couple-raphael-enthoven-ex-carla-bruni/222015/
  11. ^ Maud Fontenoy : En guerre contre le père de son troisième enfant !
  12. ^ Raphaël Enthoven : « J’ai été la victime d’un livre haineux et le prétexte d’une chanson d’amour » (in French)

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