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In the article I sketch the ways in which phenomenology can approach the phenomenon of revolution. After determining, with the help of Arendt, that revolution interprets itself as a radically new beginning, I outline, in the first section, the ways in which phenomenology can incorporate the notion of absolute novelty. The overview presented involves the approaches of Edmund Husserl and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, respectively. In the second section I further develop the understanding of revolution on the basis of Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology, and then I briefly confront the conclusions with the experience of the ongoing Syrian revolution.

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Šajda Peter (2021) Modern and postmodern crises of symbolic structures: essays in philosophical anthropology. Leiden, Brill.

DOI: 10.1163/9789004440968_011

ISBN (hardback): 9789004440968

Full citation:

Lipták Michal (2021) „Notes on phenomenology and revolution“, In: P. Šajda (ed.), Modern and postmodern crises of symbolic structures, Leiden, Brill.