Biography of Bernard-Henri Levy
Deeply concerned with political and cultural issues in most of his writings, he has rejected and challenged the extremes of both leftand right-wing philosophies, in France and around the world. Unusual for French thinkers, Lévy has been generally supportive of the United States, and several of his books, including Who Killed Daniel Pearl? and American Vertigo, have brought him a wide readership in the English-speaking world.
Having suffered the criticism of the left for his attack on Marxism, Lévy aroused the ire of the right with L’Idéologie française (1981; “The French Ideology”), in which he criticized the long history of French anti-Semitism. Lévy made perhaps the clearest statement of his own philosophy in La Testament de Dieu (1979; The Testament of God), in which he argued for a humanistic ethics based on a biblical monotheism despite the fact that he was not a believer.