Christophe Litwin holds a dual PhD in French Literature from New York University and in Philosophy from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He graduated from the Paris Ecole Normale Supérieure and completed an MA in German Philosophy at the Sorbonne, where he taught philosophy for four years. At NYU, he was a lecturer in French language and literature for five years. Last year, he coordinated the Humanities and Social Sciences Program at the Institut français in Paris. He is the author of numerous articles on Montaigne, Pascal, Hobbes, Rousseau and the Enlightenment published in Philosophie de Rousseau (2014); La politique et l'âme. Autour de Pierre Manent (2014); Bulletin de la Société des Amis de Montaigne (2012) and Eduquer selon la nature. - Seize études sur Emile de Rousseau, ( 2012). He is also the editor of Penser l'homme : treize études sur Jean-Jacques Rousseau, P. Manent & C. Habib (dir.), 2013. A member of the « Groupe Jean-Jacques Rousseau », he is working on a reedition and a commentary of Rousseau's manuscripts on Corsica and Poland. His current book project - based on his dissertation, entitled Genealogies of Self-Love: Montaigne, Pascal, Rousseau - is an inquiry into the passion of self-love and the quarrel over its interpretation that emerges after the Renaissance between the Augustinians and the Humanists. The book addresses the intertwined moral, political and aesthetic implications of this quarrel through the works of Montaigne, Pascal and Rousseau. Litwin's second book project focuses on Rousseau's critique of early utilitarian quantitative approaches to human pains and pleasures. The book hopes to show that the Enlightenment's failure to capture the core relationship between pain and subjectivity is central to the understanding of the Romantics' rejection of Voltaire's century.