Books & Ideas is the English-language mirror website of La Vie des Idées, a free online journal which has gained a large readership and established itself in France as a major place for intellectual debate since 2007.

Books & Ideas publishes essays, reviews, and interviews on a weekly basis. It emphasizes pluri- and trans-disciplinarity, and embraces all the political and social sciences, with one central concern: offering short, highly readable, and unpublished pieces of outstanding scholarship to the general public. To do this, we rely on a network of correspondents based in Europe, Russia, the Americas, as well as Asia.

Books and Ideas provides free quality information about current intellectual life and international publications by drawing on the enhanced accessibility, the thematic dossiers, the videos, and the responsiveness afforded by the internet. Making academic production a regular part of public life is our main challenge.

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