Victims, Power and Intellectuals: Laruelle and Sartre

Labyrinth 19 (2):35-56 (2017)

Constance Mui
Loyola University, New Orleans
In two recent works, Intellectuals and Power and General Theory of Victims, François Laruelle offers a critique of the public intellectual, including Jean-Paul Sartre, claiming such intellectuals have a disregard for victims of crimes against humanity. Laruelle insists that the victim has been left out of philosophy and displaced by an abstract pursuit of justice. He offers a non- philosophical approach that reverses the victim/intellectual dyad and calls for compassionate insurrection. In this paper, we probe Laruelle's critique of the committed intellectual's obligations to victims, specifically, through an examination of Sartre's "A Plea for Intellectuals." We hope to show the value of Laruelle's theory on victims, crime and power for imagining future-oriented intellectuals.
Keywords Laruelle, Sartre, power, intellectuals, victim, non-philosophy, compassion
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Reprint years 2017, 2018
DOI 10.25180/lj.v19i2.92
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