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Pierre Force

Professor of French and Romance Philology
School: 
School of the Arts
Department: 
French and Romance Philology Department
Office: 
517 Philosophy Hall
Email: 
pf3@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-0644
Appointments
  • Dean for Humanities
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Paris
Biography

Pierre Force received his academic training in France, where he was a fellow of the École normale supérieure. He took his BA in Classics (1979), doctorate in French (1987), and habilitation (1994) at the Sorbonne. He first came to the United States in 1984 as a lecturer at Yale University, and he joined the Columbia faculty in 1987. His field of research is seventeenth and eighteenth-century literature and intellectual history. He is the author of Le Problème herméneutique chez Pascal (Paris: Vrin, 1989), Molière ou Le Prix des choses (Paris: Nathan, 1994), and Self-Interest before Adam Smith (Cambridge University Press, 2003; paperback, 2007). He chaired the French Department from 1997 to 2007 and is also affiliated with the Department of History. He received the Columbia Distinguished Faculty award in 2005 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2009. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, Paris VII, Paris XIII, and the École normale supérieure. His teaching interests include French classicism and its reception, literature and eloquence, the history of hermeneutics, and the development of moral and political thought in early modern Europe.

Research & Other Works
Article
Race et citoyenneté dans la carrière et les écrits de Charles Henri d’Estaing (1729-1794)
Article
The “Exasperating Predecessor”: Pocock on Gibbon and Voltaire
Article
Eighteenth-Century Matrimonial Strategies and Emigration to the Americas: The House of Berrio in La Bastide Clairence
Article
The House on Bayou Road: Atlantic Creole Networks in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Article
Différence temporelle, différence culturelle et style dans les Caractères de La Bruyère
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Stratégies matrimoniales et émigration vers l’Amérique au 18e siècle: la maison Berrio de La Bastide Clairence
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Stratégies matrimoniales et émigration vers l'Amérique au 18e siècle: la maison Berrio de La Bastide Clairence
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The House on Bayou Road: Atlantic Creole Networks in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Article
The Teeth of Time: Pierre Hadot on Meaning and Misunderstanding in the History of Ideas
Article
Les normaliens aux Etats-Unis en 2010
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Philosophes
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Montaigne and the Coherence of Eclecticism
Article
Innovation as Spiritual Exercise: Montaigne and Pascal
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Voltaire and the Necessity of Modern History
Article
First Principles in Translation: The Axiom of Self-Interest from Adam Smith to Jean-Baptiste Say
 
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