“France’s love affair with its highest-profile living philosopher, Bernard-Henri Lévy, appears to be at an end after the publication of a number of books attacking his writings and methodology.
The latest critique, by the investigative journalist Philippe Cohen, brands Lévy intellectually ‘incoherent’. His book, BHL – a biography, published this week, coldly sets out to unmask the philosopher.
It attacks France’s most media-friendly intellectual on all fronts, dissecting not just his work but the man himself.
It reproaches him for impoverishing French intellectual debate by over-simplifying any complex issue for mass consumption and demonising the opposite point of view.
It even suggests that the ideas set out in his work French Ideology accelerated the rise of France’s hard-Right National Front.”