Category Archives: Revolution

The tragedy of revolution is that liberation conspires with terror.

A link to my scholarly project The Tragedy of Revolution: “A tragic understanding admits that revolution is subject to counter-revolution, that liberation is risking oppression.” Advertisements

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“Anarchism and Hellenism in Richard Wagner’s Revolutionary Cultural Politics (1848-52)”

Richard Wagner is one of the seminal thinkers discussed in my book, The Tragic Idea (2006), which surveys the philosophy of the tragic from Schelling (1795) to Heidegger (1935).  Here is the original, longer version of that entry, which focuses … Continue reading

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After the defeat of the Revolution

A challenging contribution to current discussions of the global predicament of the left has been recently published: Enzo Traverso’s beautifully written, well illustrated, widely learned Left-Wing Melancholia: Marxism, History, and Memory (2016). It is a study of left melancholia of … Continue reading

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The Counter-Revolutionary Politics of Autonomist Disengagement

When modern radical politics stops investing in the messianic/apocalyptic prospect of a total Revolution, it usually adopts one of two attitudes or “moods”: either melancholy over the lost hope for emancipation, or indignation over a hopeless regime of oppression. A … Continue reading

Posted in Autonomy, Crisis, Disengagement, General Philosophy, Left, Revolt, Revolution, The Common

Notions of Left Defeat and Melancholy

This is a list-in-progress compiled as part of a double project to look at the innovative poetic production of the Greek generation of the 2000s, and 2. tragedies of the revolution in modern drama. (Terms and titles from English-language articles, … Continue reading

Posted in Disengagement, Left, Melancholy, Resistance, Revolt, Revolution

Fraternité

Of the three central tenets of the French Revolution, fraternity has received the least attention, as it if it were the most self-explanatory and self-justifiable principle. The scope of liberty and equality continue to be contested to this day but … Continue reading

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