Didier Eribon

Philosopher/ Sociologist
2018Spring

A professor of philosophy in the sociology department at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens, Didier Eribon's popularity reaches far beyond academia with expertise in journalism and literature who has received wide recognition as a public intellectual. His autobiographical “nonfiction novel” Returning to Reims has become a bestseller since it first appeared in 2009. Upon attending his father’s funeral, Eribon describes his estrangement from the working-class world he had left behind thirty years earlier to study philosophy in Paris and to become a journalist writing for Libération (a newspaper founded by Jean Paul Sartre) and the weekly Le Nouvel Observateur about philosophy, literature and the history of gay life.

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