Wednesday, February 10, 2010

BHL, French Philosopher 

BHL is Bernard-Henri Levy, a French "philosopher" who is more famous for his wide open white shirts than for his thoughts. He seems to come up regularly on this blog, here or here. So we could not resits putting out this gem about him:

In his latest title, Lévy launches a scathing attack on the 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant, calling him “raving mad” and a “fake”.

In framing his case, Lévy ....drew on the writings of the little-known 20th century thinker Jean-Baptiste Botul – author of The Sex Life of Immanuel Kant , and a man Lévy has cited in lectures.

The problem? Botul never existed. He was invented by a journalist from the satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné 10 years ago as an elaborate joke. And since the hoax was revealed, BHL has become a laughing stock.

Technically, he has not become a laughing stock, he was already one. But that's our BHL, indeed.

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