Night of Philosophy: Events in English


Utopia, sexuality, zoopoetics, genome editing, and freedom of speech – all this and more will be explored as The Night of Philosophy returns in its 5th edition. The marathon event will take place on Thursday, May 30, 2019, with the French Institute of Tel Aviv as the events hub for the night, along with other venues in the neighborhood. Lectures and panel discussions will take place all night long, beginning at 18:45. Initiated by the French Institute in Tel Aviv in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, the Night of Philosophy is curated by Dr. Raphael Zagury-Orly in collaboration with Tilla Rudel, cultural attaché at the French Institute; Mr. Wolf Iro, Director of the Goethe-Institut Israel; and Yael Baruch, in charge of cultural events at the French Institute. All events are open to the public, admission is free!

Over 100 participants from France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Poland and Israel will take part in the philosophical marathon. Night of Philosophy is held in cooperation with the Goethe Institute , the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Polish Institute, Cervantes Institute , the European Union and Tel Aviv municipality. Events will take place in French, English and Hebrew. The full program may be found on the Night of Philosophy website. For additional information write to:, or call: 03-7968000.

Lesgensd_Uterpan.Photo.Dominique Mathieu. Courtesy.les gens d_Uterpan

English Events on the Night of Philosophy:

Rooftop – French Institute (7 Rothschild Blvd)

23:15-23:55  A dark future for liberties

Monique Canto-Sperber

Auditorium – French Institute (7 Rothschild Blvd)


Justice: From Social Criticism to the Hebrew Bible (or the other way around)

Astrid von Busekist

Room 104 – French Institute (7 Rothschild Blvd)


Genome editing and the human genome as common heritage of humanity. Do we have a right to an unmanipulated genome?

Nadia Primc


If Humans can become the “Editors” of their own Genome, does it make Ethical Sense?

Mylène Botbot-Baum


Dead, slightly dead, dead as a doornail? The concept of brain death and its philosophical implications

Nadia Primc


It’s all in your head?! On the possibility of wronging each other with our beliefs

Christine Bratu


Zoopoetics: Philosophy, Literature and Animal Expressiveness

Anne Simon

LILY&BLOOM (Lilienblum 48)


What’s up regarding Freedom of Speech

Monique Canto-Sperber


Can the Question of Non-Violence be audible in a Country at War?

Mylène Botbol-Baum


Conformity and Difference. Nietzsche on Paradoxes of Equality

Juliane Rebentisch


Property is an animist institution

Monique David-Ménard

Beit Heseg (Rothschild 46)


A political theory of Jewish survival

Danny Trom

Givon Art Forum (Elroy 3, Neve Tzedek)


Love in time of the Robots

Éric Laurent, Perla Miglin, Netta Nashilevitch, Mabel Graiver, Liat Schalit, Daphna Amit Selbst, Itzhak Benyamini, Yaron Gilat, Marco Mauas


Are we done with Psychoanalysis?

Isabelle Alfandary


Is “Sexuality” a Western Affair?

Monique David-Ménard


Idiocy Today. Philosophical Reflections

Joseph Cohen, Avital Ronell


Do we have a right to sex?

Zomer Gallery (Rothschild 13)


Politics and Theater after Hannah Arendt

Juliane Rebentisch


Is there such a thing as French Theory?

Isabelle Alfandary

Abraham Hostel (Levontin 21)


Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life: Philosophical and Ethical Dimensions of Hans Jonas’s Thought on Nature and Technology

Christian Wiese, Joseph Cohen


From Religious to Interreligious Studies: Philosophical Perspectives

Christian Wiese, Cedric Cohen Skalli, Menachem Fisch

Tolaat Sfarim (Mazeh 7)


The Bauhaus and Austrian Philosophy

Anne Siegetsleitner


Walter Benjamin’s sentence: “there are no epochs of decline”

Andrzej Leder


The Idea of Honor in Politics and Ethics

Anne Siegetsleitner


End of the principle of hope? Utopia, memory and the libidinal economy

Andrzej Leder

CCA (Tzadok HaCohen 2aleph/corner of Kalisher)


HASENHERZ* or the Pleasures of the Moving Image and Word

Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond in conversation with Karam Natour

* HASENHERZ is a screening- and discussion format that appropriates the method of iterated performances with a discussion in-between, that composer Arnold Schönberg introduced in 1918. Since 2012 Anderwald and Grond have used this method for moving image art, expanded cinema, and poetry.


Sharing and Delegation. Relationships imposed in the Creation of “Les Gens d’Uterman”*

* Through the presentation of ‘protocols’, ‘strategies’ and ‘procedures’ that he creates with Annie Vigier, Franck Apertet will discuss the interaction of stakeholders in the creative postulate of “Les Gens d’Uterman.”