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Bernard-Henri Lévy

The Parisian war philosopher's book on Daniel Pearl fails in basic journalistic discipline and verges on dishonesty

By Tim King   October 2003

It is easy to mock the incestuous and venomous world of the Parisian intellectual. But the Left Bank has lately descended into what the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut calls “the brutalisation of intellectual life.” Editors and writers threaten each other; thinkers are as likely to exchange obscenities as ideas. It is partly to keep away from such unseemly behaviour that Bernard-Henri Lévy, France’s best-known intellectual, prefers to work in the comparative safety of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Algeria. Just as there are war reporters, Lévy is a war philosopher. He risks his life to bring us insights into the minds of the…

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