Quotes by Rachel Bespaloff

"Through cruelty force confesses its powerlessness to achieve omnipotence . . . We see weakness dawning at the very height of force. Unable to admit that total destruction is impossible, the conqueror can only reply to the mute defiance of his defenseless adversary with an ever-growing violence."

Books by Rachel Bespaloff

  • On the Iliad
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  • 1968 by Princeton UniversityPress

    (first published 1943)

Rachel Bespaloff
  • Rachel Bespaloff

  • Date of birth: May 14, 1895
  • Died: April 06, 1949
  • Born: in Nova Zagora, Bulgaria.

  • Description: Rachel Bespaloff (1895-1949) was a Ukrainian-French philosopher.

    Rachel Bespaloff came from a Ukrainian Jewish family: her father was the Zionist writer and activist Daniel Pasmanik. A disciple of Leo Shestov, Bespaloff took an increasingly critical distance from Shestov throughout the 1930s. She was one of the first French readers of Heidegger, and wrote on Kierkegaard, Gabriel Marcel, André Malraux, and Julien Green. In 1942 she left France for the United States, working for the French section of the Office of War Information before teaching French at Mount Holyoke College. She committed suicide in 1949.

    Bespaloff's correspondence with Gabriel Marcel, Daniel Halévy, Boris de Schloezer Jean-Paul Sartre and Jean Wahl has been posthumously published.