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Art Goldhammer
Writer, translator, scholar, blogger on French Politics, affiliate of Harvard's Center for European Studies, writes for The American Prospect, The Nation, etc.

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Civic Duty and Racial Tyranny: Reading Tocqueville at the Limits of American Democracy

Share the post "Civic Duty and Racial Tyranny: Reading Tocqueville at the Limits of American Democracy" Almost two years ago, on a February day in 2020, three men chased Ahmaud Arbery through a coastal Georgia suburb with pick-up trucks and guns and killed him. Arbery was jogging, unarmed. The three men—Travis McMichael, his father William McMichael, and William Bryan—took Arbery’s life, their defense attorneys claimed, out of a sense of civic responsibility. As...

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Theological Malleability and the Counterpolitical

Share the post "Theological Malleability and the Counterpolitical" ** This is the fourth and last in a series of four reviews of Sarah Shortall’s new book Soldiers of God in a Secular World: Catholic Theology and Twentieth-Century French Politics. Each day this week one review has been published. 1. “They Saved the Church but at What Cost?” by James Chappel 2. “The Politics of Ecclesiology” by Mary Kate Holman 3. “The Politics of the Supernatural” by John Milbank...

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The Politics of the Supernatural

Share the post "The Politics of the Supernatural" ** This is the third in a series of four reviews of Sarah Shortall’s new book Soldiers of God in a Secular World: Catholic Theology and Twentieth-Century French Politics. Each day this week one review will be published. 1. “They Saved the Church but at What Cost?” by James Chappel 2. “The Politics of Ecclesiology” by Mary Kate Holman Tomorrow, Brenna Moore will review the book, and on Friday, Shortall will respond. **...

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The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France

Share the post "The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France" A book review of James McAuley’s The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France (Yale University Press, 2021). In The House of Fragile Things, Washington Post Global correspondent James McAuley examines the place of Jews and the role of anti-Semitism in French history, as well as in culture, from the perspective of four prominent Jewish families and...

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The Politics of Ecclesiology

Share the post "The Politics of Ecclesiology" ** This is the second in a series of four reviews of Sarah Shortall’s new book Soldiers of God in a Secular World: Catholic Theology and Twentieth-Century French Politics. Each day this week one review will be published. The first review (“They Saved the Church but at What Cost?” by James Chappel) was published yesterday. On Friday, Shortall will respond. ** On November 4, 2021 (just a few weeks before this review was...

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They Saved the Church, but at What Cost?

Share the post "They Saved the Church, but at What Cost?" ** This is the first in a series of four reviews of Sarah Shortall’s new book Soldiers of God in a Secular World: Catholic Theology and Twentieth-Century French Politics. Each day this week one review will be published. On Friday, Shortall will respond. ** The centuries-long debate over religion and modernity seems, to me, to have reached something of an impasse. This was an arena of enormous controversy and...

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Les bonnes feuilles : “Tocqueville, Napoleon, and History-Writing in a Democratic Age” (David A. Bell)

Share the post "Les bonnes feuilles : “Tocqueville, Napoleon, and History-Writing in a Democratic Age” (David A. Bell)" In a wonderful contribution to the newest issue of The Tocqueville Review / La Revue Tocqueville (Vol. 42, No. 2, 2021), David A. Bell writes about Alexis de Tocqueville’s reflections on Napoleon. In an article entitled “Tocqueville, Napoleon, and History-Writing in a Democratic Age,” Bell begins by outlining a contrast that Tocqueville makes in his...

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New Edition: ‘The Tocqueville Review’ | ‘La Revue Tocqueville’

Share the post "New Edition: ‘The Tocqueville Review’ | ‘La Revue Tocqueville’" Published in the Fall of 2021, the latest edition of The Tocqueville Review is now available online. (Vol. 42, No. 2) L’édition la plus récente de La Revue Tocqueville, publiée en automne 2021, est désormais disponible en ligne. (Vol. 42, No. 2) A journal of social science, the Review publishes essays on current affairs, history, and political philosophy; it also features a regular section...

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THE NETANYAHUS : A READING AND TALK WITH JOSHUA COHEN

Share the post "THE NETANYAHUS : A READING AND TALK WITH JOSHUA COHEN" The Netanyahus : A Reading and Talk with Joshua Cohen Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 19:30 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris Please RSVP for in-person attendance (limited) or to obtain the Zoom link here. AUP’s Center for Writers and Translators is delighted to present a conversation with Joshua Cohen about The Netanyahus in collaboration with the Center for Critical Democracy Studies and...

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A Calculated Vulgarity

Share the post "A Calculated Vulgarity" The jaws of French talking heads have been flapping wildly since Emmanuel Macron vented his sentiments about the unvaccinated: “J’ai très envie de les emmerder.” The English-speaking media have chosen by and large to translate this as “I’d really like to piss them off,” but this misses the somewhat more vulgar tone of the French, which is closer to “I’d really like to shit on them.” It’s the vulgarity that has so many in France...

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