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  • Culture

    Book review – How The French Think

    01 November 2015

    How The French Think: An Affectionate Portrait of an Intellectual People

    by Sudhir Hazareesingh

    Allen Lane, $49.99

    FROM Descartes to Derrida, historian Hazareesingh tackles the sprawling and unwieldy story of French intellectualism by examining the cultural and historical influences that have shaped how the Western world thinks. How French people approach ideas of freedom, justice, and their own past, combined with an appreciation of the natural world, all point to a nation of innovative thinkers who continue to resist a global, homogenized view of the world. This is a revealing and sometimes playful look at a culture from someone on the inside.