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Revolution: Making a Break in History

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The aim of this essay is to provide an analysis of Foucault’s use of the notion of revolution in the reports he wrote for Il Corriere della Sera during his two trips to Iran in September and November 1978. Foucault critically frames the historical and philosophical concept of revolution, in order to oppose it to the spreading revolts against the Shah, which embody the simple and negative opening of the possibility of a transformation in history. Yet is it possible to reactivate the notion of revolution in a non-restrictive sense in order to think about the role and the possibility of political revolts and freedom today?
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hal-04267514 , version 1 (01-11-2023)

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Arianna Sforzini. Revolution: Making a Break in History. Christoph F. E. Holzhey, Arnd Wedemeyer. Re-: An Errant Glossary, Cultural Inquiry (15), ICI Berlin Press, pp.163-69, 2019, 978-3-96558-000-8. ⟨10.25620/ci-15_20⟩. ⟨hal-04267514⟩

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