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A Philosophy of Resistance

Frederic Gros David Fernbach



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02 July 2021
The world is out of joint, so much so that disobeying should be an urgent act for everyone. In this provocative essay, Frederic Gros explores the roots of political obedience, social conformity, economic subjection, respect for authorities, constitutional consensus. Examining the various styles of obedience provides tools to study, invent and induce new forms of civic disobedience and lyrical protest. Nothing can be taken for granted: neither supposed certainties nor social conventions, economic injustice or moral conviction. Thinking philosophically requires us to never accept truths and generalities that seem obvious-it restores a sense of political responsibility. At a time when the decisions of experts are presented as the result of icy statistics and anonymous calculations, disobeying becomes an assertion of humanity. To philosophise is to disobey. This book is a call for critical democracy and ethical resistance.
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Imprint:   Verso
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   187g
ISBN:   9781788736329
ISBN 10:   178873632X
Pages:   224
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Frederic Gros is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris XII and the Institute of Political Studies, Paris. He was the Editor of the last lectures of Michel Foucault at the College de France. His previous books include A Philosophy of Walking and The Security Principle.

Reviews for Disobey!: A Philosophy of Resistance

In this personal reflection of remarkable clarity and intelligence, the author shows above all how the decision between obedience and disobedience ultimately remains a personal matter. * Le Monde * The philosopher Frederic Gros analyses the wellsprings of our passivity. Citizens submit out of fear, social conformity, or pleasure, but also to escape their own responsibility. Yet disobedience is not incompatible with democracy. * Liberation * This specialist in political philosophy dissects the mechanisms of obedience. * Telerama * Inspiring! * Elle * A masterly political and ethical reflection. This essay examines the inner condition of the political and social subject, asking why it is hard to disobey even when the world imposes desperate conditions of life. * Les Inrockuptibles * A call to resist conformity and tyranny. -- Alain Finkielkraut * Philosophie magazine * Emotive and pithy ... a deep insight into how we can disobey and bring about a better world rather than passively accept the reality we're living in. * Philosophy Now *

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