LA GRANDE LIBRARIE: Daryush Shayegan on French Talk show


LA GRANDE LIBRARIE: Daryush Shayegan on French Talk show
by Darius Kadivar

French talk show La Grande Librairie hosted by François Busnel gathered Iranian philosopher Daryush Shayegan, Combodian documentary filmmaker Rithy Panh and French best selling author Michel Onfray.

La Grande Librairie with Daryush Shayegan:

La grande librairie 05/01/2012 sur France 5 de François Busnel, Daryush Shayegan parle de son nouveau livre "La conscience métisse"


NOTE: You Can Watch Full Program in continuity Here

Books Debated:

L'ordre libertaire : La vie philosophique d'Albert Camus by Michel Onfray

La conscience métisse by Daryush Shayegan

L’élimination by Christophe Bataille (Author), Rithy Panh (Author)


Dariush Shayegan (born in 1935 in Tehran) is one of Iran's prominent thinkers, cultural theorists and comparative philosophers.

Shayegan studied at Sorbonne University in Paris. He was a Professorof Sanskrit and Indian religions at Tehran University.

He wrote a novel"Land of Mirage" in French which won the ADELF award presented by the Association of French Authors on December 26, 2004. According to the Persian daily Aftab, Shayegan is well known in France for his books in the field of philosophy and mysticism.

Shayegan, who studied with Henry Corbin in Paris,also did many pioneering works on Persian mysticism and mystic poetry. He was a founding director of the Iranian Center for the Studies of Civilizations. In 1977, Shayegan initiated an international symposium on the "dialogue between civilizations," under the patronage of then Empress of Iran Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi a concept which has been selectively appropriatedby the former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. In 2009 Shayegan was awarded the inaugural Global Dialogue Prize, an international award for "outstanding achievements in the advancement and application of intercultural valueresearch", in recognition of his dialogical conception of cultural subjectivity (for a statement of the award committee and a scholarly presentation (including a fairly complete bibliography) of Shayegan's contribution to intercultural dialogue. (More Here)

Michel Onfray (born January 1, 1959 in Argentan, Orne, France) is a contemporary French philosopher who adheres to hedonism, atheism

and anarchism. He is a highly prolific author on philosophy with more than 50 written books.

He has gained notoriety for writing such works as Physiologie de Georges Palante, portrait d'un nietzchéen de gauche, Politique du rebelle: traité de résistance et d'insoumission, Traité d'athéologie: Physique de la méta physique(translated into english as Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, La puissance d'exister and La Sculpture de soi for which he won theannual Prix Médicisin 1993.

His philosophy is mainly influenced by such thinkers as Nietzsche, Epicurus, the cynic and cyrenaic schools, Julien Offray deLa Mettrie, and individualist anarchism. (More Here)


Rithy Panh  (born April 18, 1964 in Phnom Penh) is aninternationally and critically acclaimed Cambodian documentary film director and screenwriter.

The French-schooled director's films focus on the aftermath of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Rithy Panh's works are from an authoritative viewpoint, because hisfamily were expelled from Phnom Penh in 1975 by the Khmer Rouge. One after another, his father, mother, sisters and nephews died of starvation or exhaustion, as they were held in a remote labor camp in rural Cambodia. (More Here)

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Life term for Khmer Rouge jailer (bbc)



Cambodia's UN-backed genocide court rejects an appeal by Khmer Rouge jailer Duch and increases his sentence to life imprisonment.



The judges had warned that clapping and cheering would not be tolerated inside the courtroom. But people found it hard to contain their emotions.

Dozens of young Cambodians had gathered in the outdoor cafe which serves as an overflow area, following proceedings on big screens. They cheered as the judges brought the hearing to a close, sending Duch to prison for the rest of his life.

There was also delight on the faces of those who were old enough to have lived through the horrors of the Pol Pot era. One woman told the BBC that she had been too nervous to sleep the night before the hearing. But she thought the life sentence represented justice, and renewed her optimism in the UN-backed process.

There are dissenting voices. Theary Seng, who leads the Association of Khmer Rouge Victims, saw the life sentence as an attempt to make Duch the sole scapegoat for all the atrocities committed by Pol Pot's government.

Others will share her concern that even though the trial of the three most senior surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge is under way, the frail old men may die before the end of the process.