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Philosophical Meetings of Monaco Prize: Etienne Bimbenet

The Philosophical Meetings of Monaco’ awarded their 2018 prize for a philosophy book published in French in the past year to Étienne Bimbenet for ‘Le Complexe des trois singes – Essai sur l’animalité humaine’ (The complex of three monkeys – Essay on human animality) published by Le Seuil. The Honorary Mention 2018, which goes to a French-language publisher that has distinguished itself in the publication of philosophical works, was awarded to the GF Corpus / Philosophy collection, Flammarion. Finally, the 2018 Lycée Prize, which rewards a student who discussed the theme ‘Is there any lawful violence?’ was awarded to Hugo Giaccardi. The prizes were awarded at the end of a two-day Colloquium, which took place on the 6th and 7th of June.

At the closing night, which was presented by Élisabeth Quin, Charlotte Casiraghi (President of the Monaco Philosophical Meetings) paid tribute to psychoanalyst and philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle, who passed away last summer. The winner of the 2017 Award, Emanuele Coccia, also presented a lecture on the question ‘What is philosophy?’.

This year, two other conferences were also on the program, symposiums on ‘Houses for Philosophy?’ and ‘Houses for Culture?’ as well as a day of ‘lessons of philosophy’ during which participants were invited to follow teachings given by thinkers about major philosophers of the twentieth century. Another highlight of the event was a meeting, facilitated by Élisabeth Quin, between the public and the 5 authors selected to compete in the 2018 Prize, which gave rise to numerous exchanges, questions and philosophical reflections between the participants.

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