Philosophy:François Wahl

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François Wahl (13 May 1925 - 15 September 2014) was a French editor and structuralist.[1]

François Wahl
BornMay 13, 1925
DiedSeptember 15, 2014
Avilly-Saint-Léonard, France


François Wahl was editor at the Éditions du Seuil, a publishing company in Paris.[2] He was the editor of Jacques Lacan and Jacques Derrida, among others.[3]

He was involved in the publication of Tel Quel.[4] and he became friends with Roland Barthes and Philippe Sollers.[5] He was Severo Sarduy's partner until the latter's death.[2] He also taught philosophy to Elie Wiesel in the 1940s.[6]

In 1987, Wahl, acting as Roland Barthes's literary executor, published his essays Incidents, which tells of his homosexual bouts with Moroccan young men, and Soirées de Paris, which chronicles his difficulty to find a male lover in Paris.[7] Wahl met with controversy, compounded by the fact that he refused to publish more of Barthes's seminars.[7]


  1. L'éditeur François Wahl est mort (in French)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bill Marshall, France and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (Transatlantic Relations), ABC-CLIO Ltd, 2005, p.1045 [1]
  3. Francois Dosse and Deborah N. Glassman, History of Structuralism: The Sign Sets, 1967-Present v. 2, University of Minnesota Press, 1997, p. 78 [2]
  4. George Haggerty (ed.), Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures: 2, Routledge, 1999, p. 1192.
  5. Emilio Bejel, Gay Cuban Nation, Chicago University Press, 2001, p. 32 [3]
  6. Le Monde, "François Wahl (1925-2014), éditeur et philosophe". Published 15 September 2014 at 12:41 - updated 16 September 2014 22:49 (French)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Jonathan Culler, Barthes: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1983, pp.110-112

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