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André Glucksmann
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André Glucksmann in January 2012
Born (1937-06-19)19 June 1937
Died 10 November 2015(2015-11-10) (aged 78)
Paris, France
Era 20th-century philosophy
21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Continental philosophy
Nouveaux Philosophes

André Glucksmann ( 19 June 1937 – 10 November 2015) was a French philosopher, activist and writer. He was a member of the French new philosophers.

Early life

Glucksmann was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France to a Jewish family. He studied at the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud in Lyon, France.


Glucksmann became well-known during the 1970s for his support of the Vietnamese boat people. He was an outspoken critic of Nazism and communism.

Later in life, he was known for his views and beliefs of the September 11 attacks. He wrote a book about how god had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks called Dostoyevsky in Manhattan. Glucksmann supported military action in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was highly critical of Russian foreign policy, supporting a call for Chechen independence.

In August 2008 he co-signed an open letter with Václav Havel, Desmond Tutu, and Wei Jingsheng calling upon the Chinese authorities to respect human rights both during and after the Beijing Olympic Games.


Glucksmann died of cancer on 10 November 2015 in Paris, France, aged 78.

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