Death of the French philosopher Daniel Lindenberg, slayer of the “new reactionaries”

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His book on the “new reactionaries” had sparked controversy when it was released in 2002.

Daniel Lindenberg, a historian of ideas and philosopher, author of a book on the “new reactionaries” who had given rise to sharp controversies, died Friday in Paris at the age of 77 years, learned AFP from his family.


This book entitled The call to order : survey of the new reactionaries, published in 2002, issued a stinging rebuke to intellectuals such as Alain Finkielkraut, Pierre-André Taguieff and Marcel Gauchet.


For him, the new reactionaries are former “progressive, or men of utopia,” which got to thinking, that “it was better before” and that he had to ” turn to the past to find the solutions.” “These people are attacking a certain vision of May’ 68 “, which they reduce to “a caricature,” he explained in 2002.


Daniel Lindenberg didn’t appreciate the violence of the controversy triggered by his book, explaining how he was “insulted” and ” dragged through the mud “.


Born on October 22, 1940, Daniel Lindenberg, who died of cancer, was a professor emeritus of political science and member of the editorial board of the journal Esprit.


“It was an intellectual, deeply involved, a free man, came of marxism,” responded Olivier Mongin, director of this publication.


Sporting a moustache and glasses, rectangular, he is the author of several books, including The Marxism found (1975) “who has participated in a rereading of the place of marxism in political ideas in France,” says the journal Esprit.


Daniel Lindenberg has devoted many studies to the interference and the intersection between religious visions and political ideas (Destins marranes, jewish identity in question).


He recounted his own intellectual journey, in Things seen. A political education around 68, appeared in 2008.


He had published in 2013 the book was there a party intellectual in France ?.

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