Virtue and Terror

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Verso, Jan 1, 2007 - Political Science - 154 pages
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In this dazzling new series, philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek interrogates key writings on revolution.

Robespierre's defense of the French Revolution remains one of the most powerful and unnerving justifications for political violence ever written, and has extraordinary resonance in a world obsessed with terrorism and appalled by the language of its proponents. Yet today, the French Revolution is celebrated as the event which gave birth to a nation built on the principles of enlightenment So how should a contemporary audience approach Robespierre's vindication of revolutionary terror? Zizek takes a helter-skelter route through these contradictions, marshalling all the breadth of analogy for which he is famous.

"If the spring of popular government in time of peace is virtue, the springs of popular government in revolution are at once virtue and terror: virtue, without which terror is fatal; terror, without which virtue is powerless."Robespierre

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Remembering the
Reign of Terror
Robespierre is today depicted as a sexless fanatic who invented modern terrorism. His own words reveal he was a fearless critic of tradition and incorruptibly
committed to liberty: a million miles from today’s webcam jihadists...
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I had the book available to me only a shor time, so my reading is really of the introduction by Zizek. I thought it was exploding with ideas but more contained and controlled than usual for this writer. I need to get at the volume again. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
vii
Suggested Further Reading
xli
Chronology
xlix
Copyright

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Maximilien Robespierre is one of the best-known and most influential figures of the French Revolution. He was instrumental in the period of the Revolution commonly known as the Reign of Terror, which ended with his arrest and execution in 1794.

Slavoj Zizek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Zizek, and many more.

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