42 Min Released Jan 21, 2017

82. Bernard-Henri Lévy (Philosopher) – The Mirror of Our Better Selves

Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. The Think Again podcast takes us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives.

The Washington Post has this to say about today's guest: "There is no American equivalent of Bernard-Henri Lévy. Known as “BHL,” he is among the last of a quintessentially French breed, the 20th century intellectuel engagé. As a “nouveau philosophe” disenchanted with Marxism, communism and the excesses of 1968, when civil unrest roiled France, Levy has enjoyed a long and theatrical career since the 1970s, embracing journalism, philosophy, film and an outspoken advocacy for human rights."

BHL's films include the documentaries Bosna! And A Day in the Death of Sarajevo. Lévy is co-founder of the antiracist group SOS Racisme and has served on diplomatic missions for the French government. His newest book The Genius of Judaism explores what he sees as the crucial metaphysical role of Jewish thought and the Jewish people in the life of nations.

Today's episode addresses torture, the question of evil, and the tipping point at which democracy becomes something else. 

Surprise conversation starter interview clips in this episode: Paul Bloom on Torture, and Ian Bremmer on America as a Superpower.

About Think Again - A Big Think Podcast: You've got 10 minutes with Einstein. What do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? Some of the best conversations happen when we're pushed outside of our comfort zones. Each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you may have heard of with short clips from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. These conversations could, and do, go anywhere.




Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

We surprise some of the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss.

Go To Show Page

More Episodes

Facebook Takes on Netflix, YouTube With New TV App

WSJ Tech News Briefing

The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman talks the soon-to-be app from Facebook that will let users stream videos in their news feed through set-top boxes like Apple TV, Amazon's Fire TV and internet-connected TVs via Samsung.

5 Min

Feb 15, 2017

The Culture Gabfest: Darkness On The Edge Of Reason Edition (Ad-Free)

Slate Plus Podcasts

The Culture Gabfest team discusses Westworld, Bruce Springsteen's memoir, Born To Run, and the unmasking of Elena Ferrante.

79 Min

Oct 5, 2016

Child Care War Machine Edition

Slate's Mom and Dad Are Fighting

Mom and Dad Are Fighting discuss the history of child care and how children often segregate friendships along gender lines by the time they reach preschool age.

47 Min

Feb 2, 2017