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Frédéric Gros

Paris (France)

Frédéric Gros


Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences at the Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne University and of Political Thought at the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po) in Paris. He is well known as an authority on the work of Michel Foucault, and wrote his doctoral thesis on Foucault’s thought. His main areas of research are forms of public violence (the sense of punishment and the modern configurations of war), present-day forms of government and ethical structures of political obedience.

Notable among his numerous books are:

  • Création et folie, Paris, Presses universitaires de France, 1998.
  • Et ce sera justice, Odile Jacob, 2001.
  • Foucault. Le courage de la vérité [ed.], Paris, Presses universitaires de France, 2002.
  • États de violence. Essai sur la fin de la guerre, Gallimard, 2006 (published in English as States of Violence: An Essay on the End of War, Seagull Books, 2010)
  • Le principe sécurité, Paris, Gallimard, 2012.
  • Marcher, une philosophie, Paris, Carnets Nord,‎ 2008 (published in English as A Philosophy of Walking, Verso, 2014; and in Spanish as Andar, una filosofía, Barcelona, Taurus, 2014).

[last update November 2014]


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