In "Voegelin, Strauss, and Kojeve on Tyranny" (217-39), Barry Cooper describes Voegelin's relationship to the German-American political philosopher Leo Strauss (1899-1973) and the Russian-born French philosopher Alexandre Kojeve
Such was the case this May when, in a brief article in Liberation, Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben revisited a political memo written in 1945 by Alexandre Kojeve
, a speculative thinker as well as a high-ranking civil servant involved in the construction of what would become the European Union.
But Hegel's key link to France remains connected to one name: Alexandre Kojeve
Strauss's interpretation of Hegel owes something to the work of the Russian-born philosopher and French diplomar Alexandre Kojeve
Amongst prominent European philosophers, Strauss was taken seriously only by Hans-Georg Gadamer, until Gadamer concluded that Strauss was a crank, and by Alexandre Kojeve
, whose work reads today as if it were a parody of trendy French Marxism.
These range from Antonio Negri, Alain Badiou, Giorgio Agamben, Slavoj Zizek, and Alexandre Kojeve
on the left to Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Leo Strauss, and Nazi apologist Carl Schmitt on the right, passing through figures less easily classified (e.
On 4 December 1937, in a famous lecture he delivered at the College of Sociology in Paris, Alexandre Kojeve
announced the end of history.
, Raymond Aron, and Henri de Lubac).
Two key French KGB agents on the EU project were Alexandre Kojeve
and Charles Hernu.
To understand Kojevnikov, who changed his nationality from Russian to French and his name from Alexander Kojevnikov to Alexandre Kojeve
, one must imagine an agent of influence for the Russian Intelligence Service--the K.
Most of the rest--including Karl Jaspers, Hannah Arendt, Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Alexandre Kojeve
, and Michel Foucault--are wobbly Little Leaguers.
Each chapter selects a figurehead--Heidegger, Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Alexandre Kojeve
, Foucault, Derrida--and recreates two settings.