Alain Renaut

Alain Renaut (February 25, 1948) is a French philosopher, professor emeritus of political philosophy and ethics at the Sorbonne. He graduated from the École Normal Supérieure, dealing with the problem of global justice and human development. He has published numerous works, among which are Libéralisme et pluralisme culturel (1999), Que faire des universités? (2002), La Fin de l'autorité (2004), Un débat sur la laïcité (in collaboration with Alain Touraine, 2005), L'Injustifiable et l'extrême: manifeste pour une philosophie appliquée (2015).

Renaut deals with the philosophy of morality and politics, primarily in "dialogue" with Kant (he has translated several of his works, including the Critique of Pure Reason, Critique of Judgment, and Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason) and his followers (John Rawls, Jürgen Habermas, etc.). His basic philosophical orientation is the post-metaphysical philosophy of the subject.

Since the beginning of 2000 his work has become increasingly focused on the issues of applied political philosophy, and he founded the European University Policies Observatory (OEPU) and the International Center for Applied Political Philosophy (CIPPA). He was a member of the Council for the Development of Humanities and Social Sciences. Since 2010, he has been involved in ethical and political issues and has been considering the conditions for a just and comprehensive approach to the most extreme collective injustices.

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