François Châtelet  

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"Incapable of real passions, [the student] delights in the dispassionate polemics between the stars of unintelligence, over false problems whose function is to mask the real ones: Althusser - Garaudy - Sartre - Barthes - Picard - Lefebvre - Levi-Strauss - Hallyday - Chatelet - Antoine."--"On the Poverty of Student Life" (1966) by Mustapha Khayati, translation JWG

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François Châtelet (1925–1985) was a historian of philosophy, political philosophy and professor in the socratic tradition. He was the husband of philosopher Noëlle Châtelet, the sister of Lionel Jospin.

Starting with Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze in the department of philosophy at the University of Vincennes and co-founder of the Collège international de philosophie (International College of Philosophy), he has always been concerned with linking thought and action in restless combat with his contemporaries.

His conception of philosophy makes him more of a historian of philosophy than a philosopher. In his work une histoire de la raison (A History of Reason), he shows the role of philosophy in the constitution of modern Western rationality. His work Platon (Plato) is a formidable invitation-initiation to the thought of the ancient Greek philosopher.


  • Périclès et son siècle (Pericles and his century) (1960)
  • Platon (Plato) (1965)
  • Hegel (Hegel) (1968)
  • La philosophie des Professeurs (The Philosophy of Professors) (1970)
  • Histoire de la philosophie (History of Philosophy) (1972-1973) 8 volumes
  • Une histoire de la raison (A History of Reason)

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