For Elisabeth Roudinesco, a historian of psychoanalysis and one of France's leading intellectuals, Canguilhem, Sartre, Foucault,
Althusser, Deleuze, and Derrida belong to a "great generation" of French philosophers. Innovative and troubled, these thinkers
accomplished remarkable work and lived incredible lives, and though their cultural horizon was dominated by Marxism and psychoanalysis,
they were by no means strict adherents to Marxist and Freudian doctrines. Having known many of these intellectuals personally,
Roudinesco merges an account of their thought and experiences with her own reminiscences, launching a passionate defense of
their work against late-twentieth-century detractors. Intense, clever, and persuasive, Philosophy in Turbulent Times captures
the dynamism of French thought while also reclaiming the value of Freudian theory and the philosophy of radical commitment.