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Christopher Hitchens

Date de naissance: 13. avril 1949
Date de décès: 15. décembre 2011
Autres noms:Christopher Eric Hitchens

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Christopher Eric Hitchens, né le 13 avril 1949 à Portsmouth et mort le 15 décembre 2011 à Houston , est un écrivain et journaliste ayant les nationalités britannique et américaine. Ses livres, ses essais et ses articles de presse ponctuent une carrière longue de 40 années.

Diplômé en philosophie, sciences politiques et sciences économiques du Balliol College d'Oxford, cet Anglo-Américain est successivement rédacteur et critique littéraire pour des journaux prestigieux comme The Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, ou The Nation. Observateur politique et polémiste, il accède à la notoriété en tant que défenseur des idées de gauche en Grande-Bretagne et aux États-Unis. Il s'en éloigne toutefois à partir de 1989, à cause de ce qu'il considère comme des « réactions tièdes » de la gauche occidentale à l'appel au meurtre de Salman Rushdie par l'ayatollah Khomeiny. Les attentats du 11 septembre 2001 renforcent sa conviction interventionniste en matière de politique étrangère ; sa critique de ce qu'il appelle le « fascisme à visage islamique » se fait véhémente. Ses prises de positions publiques, ses conférences et ses attaques contre Mère Teresa, Hillary Clinton et Henry Kissinger font de lui un polémiste engagé célèbre auprès du public anglophone, puis sur le plan international.

Icône du mouvement athée, reconnu comme un intellectuel influent, Christopher Hitchens s'est décrit comme un antithéiste, défenseur des idées des Lumières. Il a notamment dénoncé le concept d'un dieu « entité suprême » comme une croyance totalitaire qui détruit la liberté des individus, et souhaitait que la libre expression et le progrès scientifique prennent le pas sur la religion. Son ouvrage intitulé Dieu n'est pas grand sur l'athéisme et la nature des religions a connu un immense succès lors de sa sortie en 2007.

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Citations Christopher Hitchens

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„That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.“

—  Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
Context: Forgotten were the elementary rules of logic, that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and that what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence. Variant: "What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof." in "What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." appears by itself in God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2007). Translation of the Latin phrase "Quod gratis asseritur, gratis negatur.".

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„I'll give you all the miracles and you'll still be left exactly where you are now, holding an empty sack.“

—  Christopher Hitchens
Context: I'll grant you that it would possible to track the pregnancy of the woman Mary who's mentioned about three times in the Bible and to show there was no male intervention in her life at all but yet she delivered herself of a healthy baby boy. I can say— I don't say that's impossible. Parthenogenesis is not completely unthinkable. It does not prove that his paternity is divine and it wouldn't prove that any of his moral teachings were thereby correct. Nor, if I was to see him executed one day and see him walking the streets the next, would that show that his father was God or his mother was a virgin or that his teachings were true, especially given the commonplace nature of resurrection at that time and place. After all, Lazarus was raised, never said a word about it. The was raised, didn't say a thing about what she'd been through. And the Gospels tell us that at the time of the crucifixion all the graves in Jerusalem opened and their occupants wandered around the streets to greet people. So it seems resurrection was something of a banality at the time. Not all of those people clearly were divinely conceived. So I'll give you all the miracles and you'll still be left exactly where you are now, holding an empty sack. "Does God Exist?" debate http://hitchensdebates.blogspot.com/2010/11/hitchens-vs-turek-vcu.html vs.

„Oh, I don't know, I think if you're in favour of bombing a country, you might pay it the compliment of knowing where it is.“

—  Christopher Hitchens
Context: Hitchens: "Oh, I don't know, I think if you're in favour of bombing a country, you might pay it the compliment of knowing where it is."

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„For all I know it does, it may, but that does not recommend it, to me, nor does it prove anything of its theology.“

—  Christopher Hitchens
Context: It is said that Louis Farrakhan’s racist crackpot Nation of Islam and its sectarian gang gets young men off drugs. For all I know it does, it may, but that does not recommend it, to me, nor does it prove anything of its theology. Whereas I can tell you that of the suicide bombing population one hundred percent is faith-based. And I don’t think that in itself disapproves faith, but I think it should make you skeptical of that kind of random sampling. Of the genital mutilation community the same can be said. Authors@Google, August 16, 2007, YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD0B-X9LJjs

„Of the genital mutilation community the same can be said“

—  Christopher Hitchens
Context: It is said that Louis Farrakhan’s racist crackpot Nation of Islam and its sectarian gang gets young men off drugs. For all I know it does, it may, but that does not recommend it, to me, nor does it prove anything of its theology. Whereas I can tell you that of the suicide bombing population one hundred percent is faith-based. And I don’t think that in itself disapproves faith, but I think it should make you skeptical of that kind of random sampling. Of the genital mutilation community the same can be said. Authors@Google, August 16, 2007, YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD0B-X9LJjs

„A moment later, the same speaker is telling another listener of all the good things that monarchy is a 'force' for. These good things invariably turn out to be connected to power. They are things like 'stability', 'unity', 'national cohesion', 'continuity' and other things for which powerless people would find it difficult to be a force. Edmund Wilson would have had little trouble noticing, furthermore, that all the above good things are keywords for conservative and establishment values.“

—  Christopher Hitchens
Context: The first False Issue one normally encounters is the claim that it has 'no real power'. One never quite knows what 'real' is intended to mean here, but the conventions of the False Issue lead one to guess that the word is doing duty for 'formal'. Thus is the red herring introduced. A moment later, the same speaker is telling another listener of all the good things that monarchy is a 'force' for. These good things invariably turn out to be connected to power. They are things like 'stability', 'unity', 'national cohesion', 'continuity' and other things for which powerless people would find it difficult to be a force. Edmund Wilson would have had little trouble noticing, furthermore, that all the above good things are keywords for conservative and establishment values.

„The first False Issue one normally encounters is the claim that it has 'no real power'.“

—  Christopher Hitchens
Context: The first False Issue one normally encounters is the claim that it has 'no real power'. One never quite knows what 'real' is intended to mean here, but the conventions of the False Issue lead one to guess that the word is doing duty for 'formal'. Thus is the red herring introduced. A moment later, the same speaker is telling another listener of all the good things that monarchy is a 'force' for. These good things invariably turn out to be connected to power. They are things like 'stability', 'unity', 'national cohesion', 'continuity' and other things for which powerless people would find it difficult to be a force. Edmund Wilson would have had little trouble noticing, furthermore, that all the above good things are keywords for conservative and establishment values.

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