From Revolution to Ethics: May 1968 and Contemporary French Thought

From Revolution to Ethics: May 1968 and Contemporary French Thought

By: Julian Bourg (author)Hardback

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The French revolts of May 1968, the largest general strike in twentieth-century Europe, were among the most famous and colourful episodes of the twentieth century. Julian Bourg argues that during the subsequent decade the revolts led to a remarkable paradigm shift in French thought - the concern for revolution in the 1960s was transformed into a fascination with ethics. Challenging the prevalent view that the 1960s did not have any lasting effect, From Revolution to Ethics demonstrates that intellectuals and activists turned to ethics as the touchstone for understanding interpersonal, institutional, and political dilemmas. In absorbing and scrupulously researched detail Bourg explores the developing ethical fascination as it emerged among student Maoists courting terrorism, anti-psychiatric celebrations of madness, feminists mobilizing against rape, and pundits and philosophers championing human rights. Based on newly accessible archival sources and over fifty interviews with men and women who participated in the events of the era, From Revolution to Ethics provides a compelling picture of how May 1968 helped make ethics a compass for navigating contemporary global experience.

About Author

Julian Bourg is associate professor of history, Boston College, and editor of After the Deluge: New Perspectives on the Intellectual and Cultural History of Postwar France.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773531994
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 488
  • ID: 9780773531994
  • ISBN10: 0773531998

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