No one seems to be feeling sorry for the vain media star and philosopher Bernard Henri-Lévy. He managed to mistake a spoof book for the real thing. Citing a book by the fictional philosopher 'Botul' (founder of the 'Botulism' movement) about Kant's sex life was not a good idea (presumably Kant's sex life involved asking the question 'What if everyone did that' at crucial moments). More interesting, though, is the question of whether BHL (or BHV as some people dub him - after the French department store - because he's always selling himself) is actually a cleverly created fiction himself. His glamorous lifestyle, his beautiful homes, his hair, his open necked shirts (never wears a tie, but has special shirts handmade so they stay open just so)...it all seems like an image...But is there anything behind the façade? Apparently not much rigour. But you have to admire the damage limitation he's been doing in the media since his exposé. Take a look at the bio page of his website if you think Brian Leiter is exaggerating in calling him a poseur.
Listen to a 4 minute interview I did for BBC Radio Scotland's 'Scotland Live' programme on this here from 25'30" in.