Philosopher Jean-Marc Besse presents his book Habitar at UNSAM (Argentina)

As part of the presentation of his book Habitar, the French philosopher and historian will give a lecture on 17 May: Voir le monde comme un paysage (XVIe et XVIIe siècles).

Tuesday 17 May, from 18:00 to 20:00
Edificio Volta (Av. Pte. Roque Sáenz Peña 832, 4th floor, Aula 402)

The event is organised by the Humanities Research Laboratory of the Faculty of Humanities with the support of the Franco-Argentine Centre and the French Institute. The presentation is organised by the Universidad Nacional de General San Martín (UNSAM) with the support of the Franco-Argentine Centre for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires (CFA) and the French Institute (IF). With the participation of Andrés Vélez Posada, doctor in history (EHESS, Paris), one of the translators of the book.

Jean-Marc Besse is director of studies at the EHESS and director of research at the CNRS (UMR 8504 – Géographie-cités), philosopher and specialist in the history of geographical representations. He conducts epistemological, historical and anthropological research on geography and the forms of representation of space and landscape in the modern and contemporary periods. He has published: Voir la Terre. Six essays on landscape and geography (2000), Face au monde. Atlas, jardins, géoramas (2003), Le goût du monde. Exercises in landscape (2009), L’ombre des choses. On landscape and geography (2010), La nécessité du paysage (2018), among others.


Our world is in a state of decay. Ecological and economic, i.e. human, disasters are everywhere: climatic upheavals, the terrifying decline of plant and animal biodiversity, the multiple forms of pollution and the degradation of what we still dare to call the ‘natural elements’. But also, and above all, the alarming increase in social and urban inequalities, the casualness, even the conscious cynicism of certain leaders of large states: we are plunged into trouble. Is it still possible to live in this world? But where? Where? How? We need new worlds, because the traditional frameworks of our existence are brutally distancing us.
Today, we need to rediscover the meaning of the verb “to inhabit”. To do this, we must carefully describe the gestures, decisions, habits, places, moments and memories through which we feel we inhabit the world and that the world belongs to us. We are obliged to rediscover, or defend, that sense of the world that coincides with the sense of inhabiting it. It is a question of recognising the nobility of the places we inhabit as we inhabit them. This is why it is necessary to approach them in order to establish, as Jean Giono said, a “friendly relationship”. We cannot live without the friendship of places, without this sympathy or friendliness that allows us to be in them, but also to resonate with them.

Order Jean-Marc Besse. Habitar. Co-publication with Ediciones USTA and Editorial de la Universidad de Guadalajara. Coll. Humanities, 256 p.
13 x 19 cm, 2019.