A famous French thinker’s philosophy was based on taking risks

by Ezra Buckley on September 7, 2017

“If you want to risk, it means you are going to put your life at danger,” Anne Dufourmantelle told a classroom of students at the European Graduate School in 2011, the topic a detour from the usual stodgy lecture hall babble filling university coursework. “But risk is not integrated as a normal path of life itself,” the Frenchwoman continued.

Dufourmantelle’s subject choice wasn’t random. Risk — putting one’s life on the line, and the limited options for doing so in the modern world — was the centerpiece of the French philosopher, psychoanalyst and columnist’s well-respected body of thought.

“The spell of risk is really about what is being in life,” Dufourmantelle said later in the English-language lecture. “Is being in life just being born? Probably not. To me, risking your life is not dying yet, it’s integrating that you could be dying in your own life. Being completely alive is a task, it’s not at all a given thing. It’s not just about being present to the world, it’s being present to yourself, reaching an intensity that is in itself a way of being reborn.”

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