Collège international de philosophie

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The Collège international de philosophie (Ciph), located in Paris' 5th arrondissement, is a tertiary education institute placed under the trusteeship of the French government department of research and chartered under the French 1901 Law on associations. It was co-founded in 1983 by Jacques Derrida, François Châtelet, Jean-Pierre Faye and Dominique Lecourt in an attempt to re-think the teaching of philosophy in France, and to liberate it from any institutional authority (most of all from the University). Its financing is mainly through public funds.[1] Its chairs or "directors of program" are competitively elected for 6 years (non renewable), following an international open call for proposals (every third year). Proposals are free and directors are elected after a collegial, peer-assessment of their value for philosophy. The College recognizes that philosophy is better served by being located at "intersections" such as Philosophy/Science, or Philosophy/Law. Proposals must respond to this exigency of "intersection" as wished by Jacques Derrida. The College has few registered students, who may receive the Diplôme du Collège international de philosophie, which is not a university degree but may be, in some cases, validated by French or foreign universities.[2] Otherwise, attendance to seminars is open and free.

Raison d'être

According to Derrida, he was inspired by the Cerisy study center to found this new institution, in the midst of governmental threats on the teaching of philosophy in the last class of high school. Thus was created this College, "from a non-governmental origin, with an international span, an institution which is not destined to oppose itself, but to balance, question, open, occupy margins ; where we would privilege infrequent approaches or yet unlegitimized by the university approaches, new objects, new themes, new fields; where we would treat more of intersections than of academic disciplines".[3]

Presidents of the Assembly of Directors


See also


  1. “The CIPh is living mainly on grants by the Ministry of Research and the Ministry of Education” CIPh. "CIPh financial partners (on the CIPh site)" (in français). Retrieved May 19, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Les activités - haut et bas
  3. (French) Derrida: "d’origine non gouvernementale, à portée internationale, une institution qui n’est pas destinée à s’opposer, mais à équilibrer, à questionner, à ouvrir, à occuper les marges ; où l’on privilégie des approches peu fréquentes ou point encore légitimées dans l’université, de nouveaux objets, de nouveaux thèmes, de nouveaux champs ; où l’on traite des intersections plus que des disciplines académiques" Interview with Derrida

Further reading

  • (French) Le rapport bleu - Les sources historiques et théoriques du Collège international de philosophie (Jacques Derrida, Jean-Pierre Faye, François Châtelet), PUF, Paris, 1998, ISBN 2-13-049337-8
  • Derrida, Jacques. Du droit à la philosophie (Who's Afraid of Philosophy?)

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