Gérard Bensussan

Gérard Bensussan is professor of philosophy at Université Marc-Bloch in Strasbourg, visiting professor at various universities, and a researcher at the CNRS (Husserl Archives, ENS). He is also a translator. His areas of interest are German and Jewish philosophy (Schelling, Heidegger, Rosenzweig, Benjamin…), Marxism, philosophy of practice, Messianism. He is one of the founders of the Parliament of Philosophers in Strasbourg. He is author of twelve books, among which: Dictionnaire critique du marxisme (with Georges Labica), Franz Rosenzweig. Existence et Philosophie, Le temps messianique. Temps historique et temps vécu, Qu’est-ce que la philosophie juive?, Marx le sortant.


International Conference
Rosenzweig für Anfänger / Rosenzweig for beginners
4 – 5,  June 2012, Belgrade


Marx et la sortie de la philosophie
(Marx and the Exit of Philosophy)
Tuesday, June 5th, 6pm
The Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory
45, Kraljice Natalije, first floor


The lecture will begin with the question that forms the entry-point of Bensussan’s recent book on Marx, Marx le sortant (2007). Is it still worth reading or re-reading Marx? Where and how can one grasp Marx’s thought after the ordeal of its ‘failure’ (a ‘failure’ designated by its very name and signified in the tragic reality of a historical movement)? Doesn’t this failure of ‘Marxism’ remove the necessity of thinking with other thinkers and of thinking otherwise, that is, of re-orienting Marx’s own thought in the light of the disaster and after the collapse of so-called Marxism? Hasn’t its ‘failure’ definitively ruined all possibilities of thinking Marx’s thought for our time, and for us (to use Hegel’s words, how can the relationship with great thoughts that have preceded us be regulated/governed)? Bensussan’s reading/re-reading of Marx has been impelled by a different perspective. It is mainly concerned with interrogating failed thought and taking the measure of its ‘failure’, insofar as it would be worth more philosophically than the ‘success’ and ‘victory’, as Heidegger said of Schelling.

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