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February 05 2013

De Proclus à Nicolas de Cues : Raymond Klibansky et la tradition platonicienne.

Conférence publique suivie d’une discussion. 

Par Georges Leroux (professeur émérite, Département de philosophie, UQÀM) : 
Vendredi 15 février 2013, 
Salle B-2305, Pavillon 3200 rue Jean-Brillant, 

Université de Montréal (métros Université-de Montréal ou Côte-des-Neiges).




Inventeur et éditeur à 24 ans de la version latine du « Commentaire sur le Parménide » de Proclus (dont la partie finale ne nous est pas parvenue dans l’original grec), auteur d’une thèse (Heidelberg, 1928) sur "l’École de Chartres" du xiie s., Raymond Klibansky (1906-2006) doit fuir l’Allemagne à l’avènement du nazisme (mais non cependant sans réussir à faire passer en Angleterre la bibliothèque de l’Institut Warburg).

Après avoir travaillé pendant la guerre pour les services de propagande et de renseignement britanniques, il s’établit à Montréal où il enseignera la philosophie à l’Université McGill de 1946 à 1975.




// oAnth:





For a complete bibliography till 2002, see:


Michael J. Whalley and Désirée Park, “Bibliography of Raymond Klibansky”, Revue internationale de philosophie, vol. 111-112, 1975, p. 167-174.


“Bibliography of Raymond Klibansky”, in Ethel Groffier and Michel Paradis (eds) The Notion of Tolerance and Human Rights, Carleton University Press: Ottawa 1991, p. 165-174.


Martin Thurner, “Raymond Klibansky (1905)”, in Jaume Aurell and Francisco Crosas (eds), Brepols: Turnhout 2005, p.264-270.





Is a revolution in economic thinking under way?

Our current situation is conducive to revolutionary thinking, if not yet in politics, then maybe in economics.


The BoE has spent £50 billion over the past six months to support bond prices. That could instead have financed a cash handout of £830 for every man, woman and child in Britain, or £3,300 for a typical family of four. In the United States, the $40 billion the Fed has promised to transfer monthly, with no time limit, to banks and bond funds, could instead finance a monthly cash payment of $500 per family – to be continued indefinitely until full employment is restored.

// oAnth: What sounds on a first glance quite marvelous, needs in my opinion to consider who is paying here to whom by which kind of interests and conditions.  The question where these huge amounts of money are coming from seems to be not even noteworthy.

The states' fiscal sovereignty is completely questioned. It's an open revolution not in economic thinking, but in the foundations of the state's authority. In so far this discussion continues the neoliberal agenda on a less hidden manner as a clear opening to the area of neofeudalism and proves an ongoing obvious power shift.

It has IMHO nothing to do with a P2P decentralized economy.

// oAnth: I would like to correct my latest entry in so far, as I have misunderstood the source of the money, which is to spend. If I understand well now, it would be a more or less indirect debt cut by spending money, created by the central bank, directly to the population, but - but as I would instantly like to add,  the incentive to the exploitation circle would nevertheless in a long run only be to tame by additional much higher top income taxes.


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