The rights of the imaginary: On Jean-Claude Milner

Peden, Knox (2010) The rights of the imaginary: On Jean-Claude Milner. S: Journal of the Jan Van Eyck Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique, 3 115-136.

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Author Peden, Knox
Title The rights of the imaginary: On Jean-Claude Milner
Journal name S: Journal of the Jan Van Eyck Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1874-9062
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 3
Start page 115
End page 136
Total pages 22
Place of publication Maastricht, Netherlands
Publisher Jan van Eyck Academie
Language eng
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In 2002, Jean-Claude Milner published a short tract titled Existe-t-il une vie intellectuelle en France?, a question to which he responded with an emphatic no. Against conventional wisdom, Milner suggests that the image of the French intellectual bequeathed by the Dreyfus affair reflects a moment of exception rather than evidence of a norm. In a clipped survey of nineteenth- and twentieth-century German and French intellectual history, Milner argues that the efforts of Third Republic France to borrow from “Protestant and Jewish Germany certain of its forms” resulted in the imposition of a Republic in a land that did not want it. In Milner’s words, “the professor, and especially the normalien, is the laicized and willfully agnostic analogue of the German pastor and clergyman.” For Milner, it is no coincidence that the high point of French intellectual life coincided with this Republican imposition, which resulted in a fundamental disjuncture between society and the institutionally produced knowledge of that society according to the ideals of a Wissenschaft translated into those of savoir. [Extract]
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