Bernard-Henri Levy with Hannah MacInnes

With Bernard-Henri Lévy

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Join one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals for a trenchant look at how the coronavirus reveals the dangerous fault lines of contemporary society.

With medical mysteries, rising death tolls, and conspiracy theories beamed minute by minute through the vast web universe, the coronavirus pandemic has irrevocably altered societies around the world. In this free livestreamed conversation with Hannah MacInnes, world-renowned philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy will interrogate the many meanings and metaphors we have assigned to the pandemic—and what they tell us about ourselves.

Drawing on the philosophical tradition from Plato and Aristotle to Lacan and Foucault, Lévy will ask uncomfortable questions about reality and mythology. Rejecting the idea that the virus is a warning from nature, troubling the heroic status of doctors, asking us to think critically about the loci of authority and power, Lévy will present a lucid, incisive and original exploration of the most consequential historical event of our time – and propose a way to defend human society from threats to our collective future.

Praise for Bernard-Henri Lévy:

“Bernard-Henri Lévy does nothing that goes unnoticed. He is an intellectual adventurer who brings publicity to unfashionable political causes.”—New York Times

“Only France could produce a phenomenon like Bernard-Henri Lévy, . . . As celebrated as any rock star, he speaks uncomfortable truths.”—Vanity Fair

“We need Mr. Lévy’s voice—clear, unconstructed, unconstrained, real—to help us.”—Wall Street Journal

“A writer of enormous power and vitality.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Bernard-Henri Lévy, perhaps the most prominent intellectual in France today, [speaks] truth to power.”— Boston Globe

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, activist, filmmaker, and the author of over thirty books. He is widely regarded as one of the West’s most important public intellectuals.

Hannah MacInnes is a Freelance Journalist, Interviewer and Podcast host. She is a regular at the How To Academy and also interviews at a number of other major literary events. She has co-hosted on London’s Talk Radio and written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS.