François Laruelle

François Laruelle is a French philosopher who has a growing reputation in the English-speaking world as one of the most important thinkers of the past thirty years. Currently Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at University of Paris X, his concept of ‘non-philosophy’ has gained increasing prominence in recent years. He argues that all philosophy has historically been structured around a ‘prior decision’, a dialectical splitting of the world into two that can never be properly elucidated by philosophy itself but is only graspable by the paradigm shift represented by ‘non-philosophy’. His work therefore represents a bold attempt to re-think the practice of philosophy in relation to other domains of knowledge and to criticize philosophy’s ‘authoritarian framework’. Polity is publishing numerous works by this bold and original figure, including Intellectuals and Power, A General Theory of Victims and Biography of an Ordinary Man.