Political History and the Diagnostic of Revolutionary Praxis

Thomas Nail

in Returning to Revolution

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748655861
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676651 | DOI:
Political History and the Diagnostic of Revolutionary Praxis

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Chapter 1 argues that the return to revolution located in Deleuze, Guattari and the Zapatistas can be characterised by a diagnostic strategy of using history, motivated by the relative rejection of all previous forms of historical representation (patriarchy, racism, statism, capitalism, vanguardism and so on) and a concern for their immanent diagnosis. Drawing on Deleuze and Guattari's historical topology, and what the Zapatistas call their diagnostic of suffering, I argue that their return to revolution is characterised by their intersectional use of these types of representation as a way to understand the political dangers and opportunities presented in the situation to be transformed.

Keywords: History; Diagnostic; Representation; Topology

Chapter.  16672 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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