André Comte-Sponville

André Comte-Sponville (born 12 March 1952) is a French philosopher born in Paris, France.

He studied at the École Normale Supérieure and earned a PhD form Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and is aggregated in philosophy. He is a proponent of atheism and materialism, but in a particular form, because of his spiritualistic aim. Among his most acclaimed work are titles like Une éducation philosophique (1989), Le capitalisme est-il moral? (2004), Le miel et l'absinthe: Poésie et philosophie chez Lucrèce (2008). The most important aspect of his work is an overcoming of traditional materialistic atheism in a perspective of post-materialism, because he demonstrates a spiritualization of atheism. This is especially present in his essay L'esprit de l'athéisme published in 2006.

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