21 July 2013

Recorded Lecture: Costas Douzinas, "Philosophy and the Right to Revolution"

Listen to Costas Douzinas offer a friendly challenge to Slavoj Žižek and Alain Badiou in terms of the right to revolution and its lawfulness in this lecture, "Philosophy and the Right to Revolution" (although bearing the slightly modified name on the Backdoor Broadcasting Company where it is archived), recorded in London during the two-day conference Actuality of the Absolute: Hegel, Our Untimely Contemporary. Deviating from Žižek, who adds a few of his own comments from the audience, Douzinas' self-branded "heretical" politics asserts a reading of Hegel, disobedience and the Athens riots of 2008 (to name a few themes) in order to posit and explore the right to revolution.
Douzinas scrolls conceptually through "the normative force of the real" - through which previous law is negated in the face of successful revolution (and the criminal rebellion is found to be always already authorised) - before moving on to a close reading of property and subjectivity within Hegel, revolution and crime as motors for legal adjustment, and the right to socio-political rebellion based on necessity.
"The revolution does not just delete the past, it synchronically creates its own conditions of success. ... Fact and law, revolution and right, are closely intertwined. The time arrow is reversed. In this sense, every rebellion is, and will have been, the exercise to the right of revolution. Right and revolution, instead of being antithetical, are coeval, supporting each other."
Other contributors to the Actuality of the Absolute conference include Žižek and previous BiM Seminar guest Catherine Malabou. Find their and other fascinating presentations archived on the Backdoor Broadcasting Company here.

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