Alumni of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in philosophy, Alain Grosrichard taught in the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Vincennes, led by Jacques Lacan. He is now professor of French literature at the University of Geneva and president of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Society. He published numerous works on Rousseau and the Enlightenment, including Structure du sérail, la fiction du despotisme asiatique à l’âge classique (Seuil).