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Marcel Hénaff

It is with sadness that I communicate the unexpected passing, on June 11, 2018, of Marcel Hénaff, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of French and Comparative Literature, at the age of 74. Professor Hénaff received his PhD degree from the University of Copenhagen and held Agrégation de Philosophie from the University of Paris. He joined UCSD in July 1989 and built a stellar career in the Department of Literature, while holding an adjunct professorship in Political Science, until his retirement in 2012. Among his numerous influential books in English and French, Professor Hénaff is best known for The Price of Truth: Gift, Money, Philosophy (Stanford University Press, 2010), a translation of his French original,  Le Prix de la Vérité: Le don, l’argent, la philosophie (Paris: Editions du Seuil, 2002). The book was honored with the Grand Prize 2002 of Philosophy from the French Academy and the Prize of Philosophy 2002 from the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, Paris, and has been translated into other languages such as Italian (Città Aperta, 2006) and German (Suhrkamp, 2009). Professor Hénaff received the UCSD Academic Senate Faculty Research Award in 2011. We extend our condolences to Professor Hénaff’s colleagues, students, and friends.

Sincerely,

Yingjin Zhang
Chair, Department of Literature

 

 


 

Agrégation de Philosophie (Paris)
Ph.D. (University of Copenhagen)

Distinguished Research Professor of French Section (Philosophy and Anthropology)
Adjunct Professor of Political Science

Primary Office: LIT 329
Primary Phone: (858) 534-3538

Email: mhenaff@ucsd.edu

 

Continental Philosophy; Cultural Anthropology; Political Philosophy; Narrative Forms; Visual Arts; Architecture and Urbanism; Cultural Cognition

Books:  

Homo Politicus. Alliance, Conflit, Reconnaissance, Paris, Seuil, forthcoming 2015 - [ Homo Politicus. Alliance, Conflict, Recognition- in progress].

Violence dans la raison?  Conflit et cruauté, Paris, L'Herne, 2014; 240 p.

Le Don des philosophes. Repenser la réciprocité. Paris: Le Seuil, 2012 [German translation, Transcript Verlag, Berlin, 2014; Russian translation, Moscow Fall 2014; Arabic translation, Cairo, in progress 2015]

Dentro il pensiero selvaggio. L’antropologo e i filosofi. Conversazione : Claude Lévi-Strauss & Marcel Hénaff - Milano, Medusa, 2013.

The Price of Truth: Gift, Money, Philosophy, Stanford University Press, 2010 .  Original : Le Prix de la Vérité: Le don, l’argent, la philosophie Paris: Editions du Seuil, 2002.

  • Grand Prize 2002 of Philosophy from the French Academy
  • Prize of Philosophy 2002 from the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, Paris.
  • Faculty Research Award, University of California San Diego 2011
  • Italian translation: Città Aperta, Roma, 2006; German transl. Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2009 - Spanish translation in progress; Korean transl. in progress.  

Le Passeur de sens, Paris, Perrin-Tempus, 2008 [Engl. transl. in progress]

La Ville qui vient, Paris, L’Herne, 2008 [Spanish trans. La Ciudad que viene, Edic. LOM, Santiago Chile, 2014 ; English transl. City in the Making, in progress]

Public Space and Democracy. Ed. With Tracy Strong. University of Minnesota Press, 2001.

Claude Lévi-Strauss and the Making of Structural Anthropology, University of Minnesota Press, 1998 [Original French version 1991, repr. 2000 & 2011; Russian transl., 2009]

Sade, the Invention of the Libertine Body. University of Minnesota Press, 1999 [Original French version 1978; Spanish trans. Ediciones Destino, Barcelona, 1980; Russian trans. Humanatoria Academia, St Petersburg, 2005].

Journals - Special issues:

"Politics on Stage." Editor. Substance 80 (fall 1996).

"Passions et Politique." Co-editor Rue Descartes, 12.13 (spring 1995), Paris.

"Lévi-Strauss: nature, langage, signes, symbolisme." Editor journal Philosophie, # 82 Summer 2008, Paris.

Articles [selection]

"Kosmische Schuld, symbolische Schuld, financielle Schuld. Paradigmen des Gleichgewichts und der Zeit", in Th. Macho Ed. Bonds. Schuld, Schulden und andere Verbinlichtkeiten, Paderborn, Wilhelm  Fink Verlag, 2014; pp. 33-54.

"The Humanities, the Arts and the Market. Total social fact and the question of meaning" in Giving and Taking. Antidotes to a culture of greed, Joke Bower & Sjoerd Van Tuinen Ed., V2 Publishing, Rotterdam, 2014.

"Die Bühne der Macht" [Stage of Power] Lettre International # 105 , Berlin, May 2014.

"Le don perverti. Pour une anthropologie de la corruption", Esprit, Févr. 2014 pp. 45-56.

"Grazia, Opera d'arte e spazio publico" Lettera Internazionale, Roma December 2013.

"Living with others. Lévi-Strauss and reciprocity" in Yale French Studies - Special issue on Lévi-Strauss ; Ed. Robert Doran, Spring 2013, #123, pp. 63-82.

"Ceremonial Gift-Giving: The Lessons of Anthropology with Mauss and beyond" in Gift in Antiquity, M.L. Satlow Ed., Wiley-Balckwell, Oxford, 2013, pp. 12-24.

"L’intangibile e l’inestimabile" - Lettera internazionale, Roma, June 2013 pp. 30- 37.

"Paradoxe du pouvoir, crise de l’autorité et reconnaissance. Réflexion sur le mal politique" Archives of Philosophy, LXXXI, Spring, 2013, 1-2, pp. 81-97.

"Zeremonielle Gabe, Alterität und Anerkennung" in Journal für Religionsphilosophie, Dresden, 2- Oktober- 2013, pp. 15-30.

"Ceremonial Gift-Giving: The Lessons of Anthropology with Mauss and Beyond" in Gift in Antiquity, Ed. M.L. Satlow, Wiley-Balckwell, Oxford, 2013, pp. 12-24.

"Die immateriallen Güter" [On Immaterial Goods] Lettre International # 10 - Berlin, April 2013, pp.123-128.

"Formes de l’espace construit, formes de la pensée : du village bororo à la ville réseau" in J.P. Changeux Ed. La vie des formes et les formes de la vie, Éditions Odile Jacob Collège de France, Paris, 2012, pp. 187-215.

"Schulden und Menschen" - Lettre International, # 96, Spring 2012 pp. 7-14.

"Vivre avec les autres. Réciprocité et altérité chez Lévi-Strauss" in Claude Lévi-Strauss et ses contemporains, Ed. Pierre Guenancia et Jean-Pierre Sylvestre, Paris, PUF, 2012, pp. 157-180.

"Globale Urbanität. Die Stadt als Monument, Maschine, Netzwerk und öffentlicher Raum" Lettre International, [Berlin] December 2011, # 95, pp. 98-212.

"Rite, prière et actes de langage" in Dire la croyance religieuse, Ed. B. Kanabus & Julien Maréchal, Peter Lang, NY- Bruxelles, 2012 : 121-150

"Salary, Justice, and Gift. The work of the teacher" Western Humanities Review [WHR], Fall 2011, 65.3 Special issue: Economics and Humanities, pp.159-176.

"Terror und Rache" [Terror and Vengeance] - Lettre International [Berlin] # 94 Sept. 2011, pp.11-24.

"Reading, Writing and translating" - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal - The New School for Social Research, Vol. 313, #1, 2010, pp.159-180.  

"Lévi-Strauss and the question of symbolism." Ed. B. Wiseman, A Cambridge Campanion to Claude Lévi-Strauss , Cambridge, 2009, pp. 177-195.

"Das Ende der Blutigen Opfer" [The End of Bloody Sacrifices] in W. Schweidler Ed. Opfer in Leben und Tod, Academia Verlag, Sankt Augustin, 2009 ; pp. 49-70.

"The Anecdotal: Truth in Detail," in A. Loselle Ed. "The Anecdote," Substance, No. 118 - Vol. 38, 1, 2009 - pp. 97-111.

"The Aporia of Pure Gift and the Aim of Reciprocity; Derrida and the question of Giving" in Eds S. Guerlac & Phen Cheah, Derrida and the Time of the Political, Duke U Press, 2008, pp. 215-234.

" The Mythologigues. Between lingusitics and music" Cognitive Semiotics, No 3, Fall 2008.

"Gift, Market and Social Justice." R. Gotoh & P. Dumouchel Ed. Against Injustice. The new Economics of Amartya Sen; Cambridge U P, 2009.

"Global Terror, Global Vengeance." Substance # 115, vol. 37; Ed. R. Doran, Public culture after 9/11, 2008

"La condition brisée des langues: diversité humaine, altérité et traduction." Esprit (mars- avril 2006): 64-88.

"Gift Exchange, Play and Deception." Deception in Markets. Ed. C. Gerschlager. London: Palgrave McMillan, 2004. 323-35.

"Religious Ethics, Gift Exchange and Capitalism." European Journal of Sociology 3 (2004): 293-324.

"La dette de sang et l’exigence de justice." Victimes, violences, vengeances. Ed. Paul Dumouchel. Laval: Presses de l’Université de Laval, 2001.

"Utopia Latina, American Dream." Utopía y experiencia en la idea americana. Ed. E. Torres-Cuevas. La Habana: Ediciones Imagen Contemporanea, 1999. 1-20.

"The Naked Terror." Substance # 86 (Fall 1998): 5-33

"Of Stones, Angels and Humans: Serres and the Global City." Substance # 83 (1997): 59-80.

"The Stage of Power." Substance # 80 (Fall 1996): 7-29.

"The Cannibalistic City: Rousseau, the Large Number and the Abuse of Social Bond." Substance 63 (1992).