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Vive (les idées de) la France!

A conference on French thought after 1945 organised by Middlesex academics is to be held at the French Institute.

A conference run by Middlesex University and a website launch will be held at the French Institute in London.

The conference on basic concepts in post-war French thought, which takes place on 16 and 17 April, is being run by the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Middlesex University and is supported by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy.

It involves speakers from several European universities who will each explore a different concept in French philosophy since 1945.

Professor Peter Osborne, of the CRMEP, said: “I am pleased that the Centre is able to stage this event at the French Institute, especially as it is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.”

He added: “We will also be using the conference to launch the website based on our three-year research project on the Cahiers pour L’Analyse – a journal published by a group of brilliant young philosophy graduates at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris in the mid to late 1960s.”

The research on which the website is based, led by Professor Peter Hallward from the CRMEP, was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  Professor Osborne said the conference marked the successful completion of that project and the start of a new one, looking at the way the most important conceptual innovations of the 1960s cross disciplinary boundaries.

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