Jean-Claude Monod was a student at the Ecole Nomale Supérieure in Paris and holds an agrégation as well as a PhD in Philosophy. He currently is Head of Research at the CNRS (UMR 8547, Archives Husserl) and is Associated Professor in the department of philosophy at the ENS. His book Qu’est-ce qu’un chef en démocratie ? Politiques du charisme, was published by Seuil in 2012. In this work, he was particularly interested in the features which define a political leader in a democracy, and the need for such a figure.