Night of Philosophy 2016


The French Institute in collaboration with the Goethe Institute and the Israel Democracy Institute present a Night of Philosophy, curated by Dr. Raphael Zagury-Orly, from 19:00 on Thursday, May 26, 2016, to 7:00 the next morning! Admission is free!



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The French Institute of Tel Aviv at 7 Rothschild Blvd. will be the events hub for the night, with other venues in the neighborhood participating in the intellectual feast. Events will take place in French, English and Hebrew. For your pleasure and convenience, the full list of events in English is listed below according to venue and hour:


The French Institute Auditorium (7 Rothschild Blvd)

00:45 – 1:45 screening « Foucault contre lui-même » Directed by François Caillat, 2014, 52 min. French with English subtitles

02:00 – 03:00 screening « Roland Barthes, le théâtre du langage » Directed by Chantal Thomas et Thierry Thomas, 2013, 54 min. French with English subtitles

The French Institute Terrace

20:00 – 21:00  DISCUSSION/“The Greeks, the Arabs and Us” Menachem Fisch, Yossi Schwartz, Lena Salaymeh. In English

The French Institute mediatheque « La Closerie » (entrance from 6 Herzl St)

20:00 – 20:20  CONFERENCE/”The binding force of trust” Pascal Delhom. In English

20:25 – 20:45  CONFERENCE/”The Right to Have Hopes” Felix Heidenreich. In English

20:50 – 21:10  CONFERENCE/”Working on Myth, Thinking with Myth – from Freud to Blumenberg. Jean-Claude Monod. In English

21:25 – 21:50 CONFERENCE/”After the Post-Modernism, the New Realism?” Maurizio Ferraris. In English

21: 55 – 22:15 CONFERENCE/”The Hopeless – Jacques Derrida” Alexander Garcia Düttmann. In English

22:20 – 22:40  CONFERENCE/”The Hopeful – Jacques Derrida” Joseph Cohen. In English

22:45 – 23:05  CONFERENCE/”We don’t have moral duties to ourselves” Ruwen Ogien. In English

23:10 – 23:30  CONFERENCE/”Democracy, pluralism, and the good life” Elif Özmen. In English

Hôtel Lily & Bloom (48 Lilienblum St.)

20:00 – 20:50  DISCUSSION/”Can War be Ethical?” Ariel Colonomos, Tamar Meisels, Michael Barilan. In English

21:00 – 21:20 CONFERENCE/”Ticking Bomb Scenarios – A Defense of the Legal Human Right Not to be Tortured” Corinna Mieth. In English

21:25 – 21:45 CONFERENCE/”Can memory be fair?” Jean-Claude Monod. In English

21:50 – 22: 10  CONFERENCE/“Better than Human? Human enhancement and anthropological stances” Elif Özmen. In English

22:15 – 22:35 CONFERENCE/”How can we be hurt by words” Pascal Delhom. In English

22:40 – 23:00 CONFERENCE/”What is a human being” Francis Wolff. In English

Campus Bialik Rogozin (49 Ha’Aliyah St.)

22:00 – 22:50 DISCUSSION/”The Migrant and Refugee Problem in Europe Today” Astrid von Busekist, Corinna Mieth, Yossi Shain. In English

23:00 – 23:20 CONFERENCE/”The Malaise of solidarity”Patrick Savidan. In English

Tolaat Sfarim (7 Mazeh St)

21:10 – 21:45 DISCUSSION/”Doors, Walls, Borders and Frontiers – in Judaism and in Contemporary Politics” Astrid von Busekist, Ariel Colonomos. In English

23:10 – 23:30 CONFERENCE/”Truth in Politics and Politics in Truth” Felix Heidenreich. In English

23:30 – 23:50 CONFERENCE/“The Tyranny of Transparency” Emmanuel Alloa. In English

Chelouche Gallery (7 Mazeh St)

20:00 – 20:25 CONFERENCE/”Philosophy of science and the question of time” Etienne Klein. In English

21:30 – 21:50 CONFERENCE/”Collective Intelligence, Collective Wisdom: What Prospects?” Daniel Andler. In English

00:15  – 00:35 CONFERENCE/”Cultural Dialogue or Cultural Clash? Israeli Genetics and Shared Values in a Multicultural Society” Anna C. Zielinska. In English

Centre pour l’Art Contemporain (CCA) 2a Tsadok Hacohen St.

CONFERENCE/”Just Terror. Daesh’s Visual Communication” Emmanuel Alloa. In English

23:15 – 23:35 CONFERENCE/”The Contemporary Art Paradigm. How Does One Become a Contemporary Artist?” Nathalie Heinich. In English

23:40 – 00:00 CONFERENCE/”The Hopeless – Walter Benjamin” Alexander Garcia Düttmann. In English

Sommer Gallery (13 Rothschild Blvd)

20:00 – 20:40 DISCUSSION/” Politics and Violence” Myriam Revault d’Allonnes, Joseph Cohen. In English

20:45 – 21:05 CONFERENCE/”Who is afraid of Pornography?” Ruwen Ogien. In English

21:10 – 21:30 CONFERENCE/”Why Music?” Francis Wolff. In English

21:35 – 21:55 CONFERENCE/”What is an Artistic Event?” Nathalie Heinich. In English

22:00 – 22:20 CONFERENCE/”Total mobilization: our life in the age of the cell-phone” Maurizio Ferraris. In English

22:25 – 22:45 CONFERENCE/”Science, Religion and Philosophy: what do they have in common, what are their differences” Mehdi Belhaj Kacem. In English

Restaurant “La Cantina” (71 Rothschild St.)

01:00 – 02:00 DISCUSSION/”Contemporary Nihilism”

Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Raphael Zagury-Orly, Joseph Cohen. In English