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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?
Keywords: Kant; Foucault; Iran; revolt; historical transformation; freedom; political spirituality
Title
Revolution
Subtitle
Making a Break in History
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Arianna Sforzini
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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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Berlin
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ICI Berlin Press
Date
2019
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Kant
Foucault
Iran
revolt
historical transformation
freedom
political spirituality
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Re-: An Errant Glossary, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 15 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2019), pp. 163–69
Bibliographic Citation
Arianna Sforzini, ‘Revolution: Making a Break in History’, in Re-: An Errant Glossary, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 15 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2019), pp. 163–69 <https://doi.org/10.25620/ci-15_20>
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Cite as: Arianna Sforzini, ‘Revolution: Making a Break in History’, in Re-: An Errant Glossary, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 15 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2019), pp. 163–69 <https://doi.org/10.25620/ci-15_20>