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Jews and Bulls: A French Philosopher Defends the Corrida

When Jews try to fight bulls, the results can end in tears, but the simple desire to watch bullfights has a more ambiguous outcome, as proven by the latest book by the French Jewish philosopher Francis Wolff.

An author of academic works on Aristotle and Socrates who teaches in Paris, Wolff should not be confused with the late German Jewish jazz photographer of the same name. France’s Francis Wolff has organized seminars in honor of Jacques Derrida, but he is more noted — or notorious — for his defense of bullfighting, both in France and Spain.

As a follow-up to his 2007 “Philosophy of the Corrida” from Les éditions Fayard, Woolf, who frequently lectures on bullfighting’s ethics and aesthetics, has just published a new short book, “50 Reasons to Defend the Corrida” with Mille et une nuits/Fayard éditions.

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