Night of Philosophy

The Embassy of France, the French Institute and the Goethe Institut in Israel, in partnership with the Polish Institute, the Van Leer Institute, Bar-Ilan University and the Cohn Institute, are happy to present:

The 3rd Night of Philosophy
Curator: Raphael Zagury-Orly

The 25th of May, 2017
from 7.30pm until the middle of the night

Several locations in Tel Aviv, around the French Institute


Free entrance to all the events!


During the entire night long, the public will be able to attend discussions, lectures, readings, panels, and movie screenings.

This unique event will bring together nineteen renowned French and German philosophers and almost eighty established Israeli intellectuals. With rich and varied topics and formats, these thinkers will discuss, debate and question the fundamental critical issues in our present day societies.


The French Institute of Israel and the Goethe Institut have designed an exceptional night-time itinerary, both philosophical and festive, which will take the public through lectures, discussions, panels and movie screenings.
Events will simultaneously happen in 9 locations, all in the area around Rothschild Blvd and within walking distance of the French Institute of Tel Aviv: The French Institute of Tel Aviv, the restaurant Cantina, The Contemporary Art Center (CCA), the Chelouche Gallery, the bookstore Tola’at S
farim in Mazeh Street. This year, we welcome 3 news venues: The Nahum Gutman Museum, the co-working place « Meet in Place » and the Alma Center.


Here the program:

✍ At 7.30pm, the event will be opened on the square in front of the French Institute, at Rothschild Boulevard 1, by the French and German ambassadors, HE Helene Le Gal, Dr. Clemens von Goetze and Raphael Zagury-Orly, Curator of the Night of Philosophy.


✍ Auditorium of the French Institute of Tel Aviv
DISCUSSION/ « Jews, Muslims and the Republic » – Discussion between Raphael Zagury-Orly and Michel Wieviorka (In French)

DISCUSSION/ « Dialogue on the relevance of the interpretation of dreams » – Tobie Nathan, Joseph Cohen (In French)
LECTURE/ « Revolutionary Hope and Jewish Hope » – Catherine Chalier (In French)

DISCUSSION/ « Rethinking Modernity – French Jewish Thought » – Rachel Verliebter, Gaelle Hanna Serero, David Banon, Paul Elbhar (In French)
LECTURE/ « Why read Abravanel today? » – Cedric Cohen-Skalli (In French)
LECTURE/ “He who knows the name, detains/seizes the person. Reflexions on Denomination and Identity” – Tobie Nathan (In French)


✍ Rooftop of the French Institute of Tel Aviv

DISCUSSION/ « Why did a part of Oriental Jews end up joining the Nationalist Clamor? » – A.B. Yehoshua, Yossi Sucary (In Hebrew)
DISCUSSION/ « Discussion on the book “A Brief History of Yahveh” » – Moshe Zuckermann, Yigal Bin-Nun (In Hebrew)
PANEL / « One Hundred Years since the October Revolution: Rethinking the here and the now » – Itzhak Benyamini, Ronit Peleg, Eran Dorfman, Aim Deuelle Luski (In Hebrew)
DISCUSSION/ « Why do we avoid speaking of the future of Israel? » – Nir Baram, Raphael Zagury-Orly (In Hebrew)


✍ La Closerie, The library of the French Institute of Tel Aviv

LECTURE/ « Fragility of Fraternity. Morality and Politics » – Catherine Chalier (In English)
LECTURE/ « Portrait of the philosopher as a runner » – Guillaume Le Blanc (In English)
LECTURE/ « The Rise of the Extreme-Rights and Populism in Europe » – Michel Wieviorka (In English)
LECTURE/ « Taking Animals Seriously: What Does It Change for Ethics and Politics? »  – Corine Pelluchon (In English)
LECTURE/ « Philology – Reading as Knowing » – Donatien Grau (In English)
LECTURE/ « A human world without theoretical thinking? » – Jean-Michel Salanskis (In English)
LECTURE/ « How popular TV series shape our ethics and forms of life. » – Sandra Laugier (In English)


✍ Co-working space ‘Meet in Place’

PANEL / « Language and Politics in Israel: Fetishism, Censorship and Group Mind » – Jose Brunner, Tahel Frosh, Noam Yuran (In Hebrew)

PANEL / « The language of the Other – My Language as Other » – Gisele Sapiro, Gila Lustiger, Alona Kimhi (In Hebrew)

PANEL / « Constitutionalism, Democracy, Populism in Israel » – Alon Harel, Mordechai Kremnitzer, Assaf Sharon (In Hebrew)

PANEL / « Farewell to the Twentieth Century: Identities, Classes and Wars » – Arie Krampf, Nadav Perets, Ofri Ilani (In Hebrew)
LECTURE/ « What is objectivity? Between Ludwik Fleck, the Lvov-Warsaw school and contemporary debates. » – Anna C. Zielinska (In English)

Alma Center
– Main hall (1st floor)

PANEL / « 50 Years since 1967 » – Gadi Algazi, Raef Zreik, Yehouda Shenhav (In Hebrew)
PANEL / « The Crisis of Liberalism » – Yochi Fischer, Pini Ifergan, Nissim Mizrachi (In Hebrew)
LECTURE/ « The Paradox of Rights: defending Marx’ critique of liberal rights from a contemporary perspective. » – Christoph Menke (In English)
LECTURE/ « The political perspectives of a post-ideological era » – Rony Klein (In Hebrew)
DISCUSSION/ « ‘What’s your thing with Levinas?’ Another view on Israelity with extracts from the film “The Absent God” directed by Yoram Ron – Hanoch Ben-Pazi, Hanna Gaelle Serero, Yoram Ron (In Hebrew)

– Main hall (2nd floor)

LECTURE/ « Our values – Why Values are Universal and Built into the Fabric of Reality » – Markus Gabriel (In English)
LECTURE/ « The Politics of Affect » – Martin Saar (In English)
LECTURE/ « What is a poetic thought? » – Martin Seel  (In English)
LECTURE/ « Is Philosophy necessarily Skeptical » – Andrea Kern (In English)
LECTURE/ « Art in Itself – A Defense of Aesthetic Realism » – Markus Gabriel (In English)
LECTURE/ « Aesthetic Self-Negation and the Possibility of Art » – Andrea Kern (In English)

– Rooftop

DISCUSSION/ « “Your love has wrested me away from me”: A discussion on Sufi mysticism » – Avraham Elqayam, Omar Rais, Rachel Verliebter. Accompanied by the music of the artist Niri Sadeh. (In Hebrew)
DISCUSSION/ « On the Surge of Orientality at the heart of Israeli Experience. Victory or Catastrophe? » – Avraham Elqayam, Zahava Smooha-Barkani, Hanoch Ben-Pazi, Mimi Haskin (In Hebrew)
DISCUSSION/ « Denial of violence against women – What does religion have to do with it? » – Delphine Horvilleur, Ruth Halperin-Kaddari (In Hebrew)
DISCUSSION/ « Infinity, World and Soul: Three Readings in Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed » – Yossi Schwartz, Aim Duelle Luski, Galili Shahar (In Hebrew).


 Nahum Gutman Museum

PANEL / « Lacan and China: Writing and the Speaking Body » – Xiaoquan Chu, Marco Mauas, Noam Baruch, Perla Miglin, Mabel Graiver, Liat Shalit, Itzhak Benyamini (In English)
PANEL / « Does Cosmopolitanism have a Future? Nationalism, Post-Nationalism and Human Rights » – Astrid von Busekist, Yishai Blank, Amelie Ferey, Ariel Colonomos (In English)
PANEL / « From Ethics to Politics. Dealing with Vulnerability » – Fabienne Brugere, Joseph Cohen and Guillaume Le Blanc. (In English)
PANEL / « An Afternoon Nap of Dance: A panel on “Embarassed Years” (2016) » – Shir Hacham, Nevo Romano, Shani Granot, Ariel Cohen, Or Rimer (In Hebrew)


✍ Tolaat Sfarim Mazeh

LECTURE/ « Food Ethics and Justice towards Animals » – Corine Pelluchon (In English)
LECTURE/ « Politics and Ethics of Hospitality. Limits, Paradoxes and Chances. » – Fabienne Brugere (In English)
LECTURE/ « The ethics of care as a politics of ordinary life » – Sandra Laugier (In English)
PANEL / « Thinking the Animal – Humanism & Post- Humanism » – Yoav Kenny, Shira Shmu’ely, Idan Zivoni, Dror Burstein (In Hebrew)
LECTURE/« What happened to Gide’s idea: ‘Families, I hate you’? New conservatisms of the in-vitro baby era. » – Anna C. Zielinska (In English)
DISCUSSION/ « Hebrew of the sacred and Hebrew of the secular » – Hagit Grossman and Merchav Yeshurun (In Hebrew)


✍Chelouche Gallery

PANEL / « The Concept of Time in Physics, Technology and Cognitive Science » – Ori Belkind, Lin Chalozin-Dovrat, Shaul Katzir (In Hebrew)
LECTURE/ « Computation and us » – Jean-Michel Salanskis (In English)

PANEL / « How Does One Draw on the Jewish Bookshelf a Philosophy for the Post-Human Age? » – Avigail Bar-Lev, Shlomo Dov Rosen, Carmel Vaisman (In Hebrew)
LECTURE/ « Heterogeneous Democracy » – Martin Saar (In English)
LECTURE/ « Should we Decentre Western Epistemologies? » – Gisèle Sapiro (In Hebrew)

✍ Contemporary Art Center
PANEL / « Dig digit digital life contemporary issues in philosophy of technology » – Lyat Friedman, Yael Rozin, Ori Freiman, Galit Wellner (In Hebrew)
LECTURE/ « What is it exactly that makes an image erotic? » – Jean Khalfa (In English)
LECTURE/ « Why museums matter? » – Donatien Grau (In English)
LECTURE/ « When the square becomes public » – Joelle Zask (In English)
LECTURE/ « Illusion and Immersion in Cinema » – Martin Seel (In English)

LECTURE/ « Theatre and Critique: which form of critique aesthetic practices can offer » – Christoph Menke (In English)


✍Restaurant La Cantina

DISCUSSION/ « A discussion on the book ‘LoveKnowledge’ with the author Roy Brand and Ilit Ferber, Arik Glasner and Annabel Herzog » (In Hebrew)


Tel Aviv Museum of Art
On May 26th at 11.00am: an exceptional encounter between the artist Adel Abdessemed and the philosopher Donatien Grau on the theme “Adel Abdessemed: Reading the World as Text”. The novelist, essayist and poet Shva Salhoov will speak on the theme “Adel Abdessemed or the Piétà of the New Cosmopolis”. This encounter is organized on the occasion of the launch in Israel of a three-volume publication, “Adel Abdessemed: ‘Works (1988-2015)” (Ed. Koenig Books, 2017).





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