As a logician, philosopher and lawyer, who was actively involved in Jewish community life, during the second half of the 20th century, Chaïm Perelman (1912-1984) enjoyed intense scientific activity, full of intellectual and cultural exchanges. As a Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles, he developed the philosopher Eugène Dupréel’s legacy and founded the New Rhetoric, the principles of which were published in the Traité de l’argumentation (1958) written in collaboration with his colleague and friend, Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca. This major work led to a change in perspective in the study of means of persuasion, radically breaking the traditional Cartesian mould: the authors include contributions from Aristotelian rhetoric by highlighting the importance of the reasonable, which is intimately linked to the exercise of practical reasoning.
This website is intended to inform the user about the life and work of the philosopher through a series of texts illustrated by iconographic documents and hitherto unpublished interviews. It provides access to useful resources: biography, digitised articles, interviews and research instruments in the content of the Université libre de Bruxelles’ “Chaïm Perelman” collection.
Last update: March 16, 2016.