Dr. Mathias Delori | Researcher

The State, Political Norms and Political Conflicts
Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, D-10117 Berlin
Email: mathias.delori  ( at )  cmb.hu-berlin.de Tel: +49(0) 30/20 93 37 95-90

Home Institution : CNRS | Position : Chargé de recherche HDR | Disciplines : Political Science |

Biography

Mathias Delori is a CNRS researcher (chargé de recherche CNRS-HDR). Previously, he worked in the following institutions: Sciences Po Bordeaux (as a CNRS researcher from 2011 to 2020), the Colorado University Boulder (visiting professor from 2017 to 2019), the Université de Montréal (postdoc in 2009-2010) and the European University Institute of Florence (Max Weber Fellow 2008-2009). Mathias has also been scientific collaborator of the REPI of the Université Libre de Bruxelles since 2015.

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Mathias Delori's main field of expertise is the social construction of friends and enemies in international relations. He has worked extensively on two cases: the relations between France and Germany during the 20th century (Peter Lang 2017) and contemporary Western wars (the so-called "war on terror" and "humanitarian" wars) (Myriapode 2015; Editions Amsterdam 2020, forthcoming). Parallel to this, Mathias has conducted some (critical) researches on the positivist approaches to the social sciences (Presses Universitaires de Rennes 2009).

 

Camus et la montée aux extrêmes. Commentaires d’un politiste sur les Lettres à un ami allemand

September 09, 2020

Mathias Delori


Littérature
Edition: Armand Colin
Collection: Littérature
ISBN: 9782200933081

Les controverses sur le rapport d’Albert Camus à la violence ont surtout porté sur ses écrits relatifs au « terrorisme ». Cet article contribue à ces débats à partir d’une focale sur les Lettres à un ami allemand. Ces textes écrits alors que l’auteur participait à la Résistance entre 1943 et 1944 donnent à voir un Camus original, qui souligne que la violence constitue un problème moral mais appelle sans ambiguïté à la « destruction » de l’adversaire. Le propos est d’autant plus fort que l’Allemagne est littéralement en train de se faire détruire sous les bombardements alliés. Cette tension entre critique de la violence et consentement à elle conduit Camus à identifier plusieurs mécanismes de ce que les politistes appellent la « montée aux extrêmes ».

English

Camus and the rising to extremes. Comments of a political scientist upon the Letters to a German Friend

Controversies upon Camus’s relationship to violence mainly concerned his writings on “terrorism”. This article contributes to these debates in focusing on the Letters to a German Friend. These texts, written between 1943 and 1944, when the author participated in the Resistance, reveal an original Camus who emphasizes that violence constitutes a moral problem but requires unambiguously the “destruction” of the enemy. The word is all the more powerful as Germany is literally being destroyed under the Allies’ bombings. This tension between criticizing violence and consenting to it leads Camus to identify several mechanisms of what political scientists call the “rising to extremes”.


Publications

 

Most of Mathias' publications are downloadable here.