Revolutions for the Future: May '68 and the Prague Spring
Edited by Jana Ndiaye Berankova, Michael Hauser, and Nick Nesbitt
Jacques Rancière, Étienne Balibar, Vincent Jacques, Jana Ndiaye Berankova, Reza Naderi, Nick Nesbitt, Michael Hauser, Petr Kužel, Ivan Landa, Jan Mervart, Katarzyna Bielińska, Jan Kober, Joe Grim Feinberg, James Krapfl
Publication: September 2020
ISBN : 978-2-9569056-1-5
1968 is the proper name of a global event that continues to resonate, over half a century later, into the present conjuncture, in which a shaken neoliberal consensus confronts anew the specter of revolutionary transformation. It is the contention of this volume that the Paris/Prague doublet names in turn a particularly potent, reflected site of articulation in this global sequence, one that deserves particular interrogation in the rich complexity of its voicings.
The essays in this volume interrogate the French and Czechoslovak articulation of the two last European revolutions and offer criticism of the putative end of ideology said to have followed 1989. They assemble a generation of French and Eastern European philosophers in order to work through the philosophical heritage of 1968. They focus on the theoretical contribution of these events in fidelity to Louis Althusser’s famous reformulation of Lenin: “without theory, no revolutionary action.” The “events of 1968” became a paradigmatic moment for an entire generation of philosophers. Philosophy reflected on these events through the construction of new philosophical concepts. 1989 became a date symbolizing, for some, the end of history; for others, who recalled the hopes that had been foreclosed, it symbolized a strange, incomprehensible catastrophe. What affirmative aspects of those two events have been forgotten? What did those events bring to the philosophical thinking of their time? 1968 and 1989 may well constitute unfinished revolutions, specters that haunt our current century.