Anne Dufourmantelle

Philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle Dies Attempting Rescue of Children

Author and philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle drowned at Pampelonne beach near St Tropez on July 21st after attempting to assist two children who had difficulty in the water. Dufourmantelle was swept away by a strong current soon after entering the water, and was recovered unresponsive a short time later. The children after whom she had gone were rescued, and are unharmed. 


Dufourmantelle penned a number of essays on the importance of risk-taking, as well as a book in 2011, ‘Praise of Risk.’


Anne Dufourmantelle

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In an interview in French publication Liberation, Dufourmantelle is quoted as saying:

It is said: ‘to risk one’s life,’ but perhaps one should say ‘to risk life’, [because] being alive is a risk.


To imagine an enemy ready to attack from time to time induces a state of paralysis, a feeling of helplessness which calls for a maternal response – supposedly all protective. Today, we desire this overprotection.”


French Minister for Culture Françoise Nyssen released a statement declaring Dufourmantelle “a great philosopher who helped us live.”


Her funeral was held today in Ramatuelle, France.


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