The philosopher, musicologist, resistance fighter and professor of the Sorbonne (i.e. just next to the Hotel Design Sorbonne) is the subject of a new exhibition at the French National Library (BNF), not far from our hotels.
In order to help you understand the man and his way of thinking, the exhibition presents 120 exhibits – posters, manuscripts, photos and letters, as well as audio and video clips. These are taken from a large donation of his work made by the philsopher’s family in 1997.
The Jankélévitch exhibtiion is divided into five parts, concentrating on:
— His family origins and his early years
— The period of the Second World War
— His activity as a teacher and his defence of the teaching of philosophy
— The place music held in his thinking
— A presentation of his most important writings
Linked with the exhibition, there’s a reading of Vladimir Jankélévitch’s texts by actor Clément Hervieu-Léger of the-Française (at the BNF’s Richelieu site) on Saturday 19th January from 8-9pm (entrance free).
Fluent French speakers may also enjoy this one-hour programme by national radio station France Culture, called “Vladimir Jankélévitch, le meilleur est à venir ?“