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Barbara Cassin

Barbara Cassin is director of research at the CNRS, the director of the Léon Robin Center for Research on Ancient Thought, and President of the Collège International de Philosophie. Trained as a philosopher and philologist specializing in Ancient Greece, her research focuses on the relationship between philosophy and what is posited as not being philosophy: sophism, rhetoric, literature.

Her engagement with the question of what words can do is manifest in a host of publications, many of which have been translated. The most recent volumes to appear are Jacques le Sophiste: Lacan, logos et psychanalyse (2012), Plus d’une langue: Petites conférences (Bayard, 2012) and La Nostalgie: Quand donc est-on chez soi? Ulysse, Enée, Arendt (2013). Her editorial work includes the seminal Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon (2004, Engl. transl. Princeton UP, 2014). A translator herself (notably of Hannah Arendt and Peter Szondi), she is also the editor of several book series, notably L’Ordre philosophique.

In 2012, the Académie Française honored her work with the Grand prix de philosophie.

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