André Glucksmann, French philosopher and writer, Died at 78


Andre Glucksmann was born on June 19, 1937, and died on November 10, 2015.

He was a French philosopher, activist and writer.

Andre was a member of the French new philosophers.

Andre began his career as a Marxist, but went on to reject communism in 1975 in the popular book “La Cuisiniere le Mangeur d’Hommes” and later became an outspoken critic of Russia.

He has been a strong supporter of human rights and in recent years, opposed the fact that Islamic terrorism is the cause of the clash of civilizations between Islam and the West.

Andre was born in 1937, in Boulogne-Billancourt, the son of Ashkenazi Jewish parents from Austria-Hungary, the father from Bukovina, which later became part of Romania, the mother from Prague, which later became the capital of Czechoslovakia.

He studied in Lyon, and later enrolled at École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud.

His first book, Le Discours de la Guerre, was published in 1968.

In 1975 he published the anti-Marxist book La Cuisinière le Mangeur d’Hommes, in which he argued that Marxism leads inevitably to totalitarianism, tracing parallels between the crimes of Nazism and Communism.

In his next book Les maitres penseurs, published in 1977 and translated into English as Master Thinkers (Harper & Row, 1980), he traced the intellectual justification for totalitarianism back to the ideas articulated by various German philosophers such as Fichte, Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche.

Andre died on 10 November 2015 in Paris at the age of 78.