European Angst
Didier Eribon

Didier Eribon © Goethe-Institut Brüssel Photo: Caroline Lessire

a 63-year-old social critic, French author and philosopher, lectures as a professor of sociology at the University of Amiens. He was a guest professor at the University of California in Berkeley and at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. Eribon regularly writes on social issues in the weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur. He has published numerous books, such as a collection of interviews with Claude Lévi-Strauss and a biography of Michel Foucault. In his autobiographically influenced book Returning to Reims (2009), published in German this summer, he analyses his own path from working-class child to intellectual and explains the success of the French far right.

“How is it possible to ignore so many people in everyday political life? The elites in Europe are not even aware that genuine poverty exists in their own countries.” Eribon in an interview with Die Zeit, 4 July 2016