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Tzvetan Todorov

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Tzvetan Todorov

Philosopher of language and well-known essayist



The philosopher of language Tzvetan Todorov (Sofia, Bulgaria, 1939) is honorary director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris. In 1963, fleeing from totalitarian communism in his homeland, he settled in Paris and took French nationality. From 1968 to 2005, he worked at the CNRS Centre for Research in Arts and Language, of which he was also director. He has taught in the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) and at Yale University, and has been an eminent guest lecturer at the New York, Columbia, Harvard and California universities. A prolific author, he has worked in almost all the literary genres, from literary theory, philosophy, history through to art. Notable among his more recent titles are The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other (1999); On Human Diversity: Nationalism, Racism, and Exoticism in French Thought (1998); The Totalitarian Experience (2011); Walls Downed, Walls Raised; Living Alone Together (1996); and Goya: In the Shadow of Lights (2011). . He has received several major awards, among them the Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters and the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences 2008.

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