In this lecture, centered around André Malraux’s evocative statement “I am searching for that crucial region of the soul where absolute evil hangs in balance against fraternity,” Nicolas de Warren explored different facets of the destruction of fraternity in the First World War. Through a set of poetical, political, and philosophical meditations on the conflict between fraternity and evil, he proposed a conjecture on the challenge of Manichaeism for the 20th century, and beyond.
Nicolas de Warren is Professor of Philosophy and coordinator of the Husserl archives at the Center for Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy at the Catholic University in Leuven. He has published widely on topics in phenomenology, aesthetics, history of philosophy and political philosophy. As part of the project „Polemical Christianity: Jan Patočka’s Concept of Religion and the Crisis of Modernity“, supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), he was a Guest at the IWM for several times.