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Returning to Revolution: New Book from Thomas Nail

Thomas Nail (UO PhD, 2011) has published Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo with Edinburgh University Press.

The work is “an account of the concept of revolution in the work of Deleuze and Guattari.”

“We are witnessing the return of political revolution. But this is not a return to the classical forms of revolution: the capture of the state, the political representation of the party, the centrality of the proletariat, or the leadership of the vanguard. Rather, after the failure of such tactics over the last century, revolutionary strategy is now headed in an entirely new direction.

“Much has been written on Deleuze and Guattari’s political philosophy in the last 15 years, but Returning to Revolution is the first full-length work to-date on their central concept of revolution and its emergence alongside the most influential revolutionary movement of the 21st century: Zapatismo.”

About this book, Antonio Negri writes:
“From Deleuze-Guatteri to the Zapatistas and the Occupy movement, there is a long line of flight and an intertwining of subjective potencies that define, both theoretically and practically, the return of revolutionary action – which is traced here by Thomas Nail. This return to action is not dispersed in the molecular plurality of social movements, nor is it confused with any ideal prefiguration of the common, but instead produces new political bodies and strategic participation. Well done Nail!”

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Thomas Nail is currently Postdoctoral Lecturer in European Philosophy and Migration at the University of Denver:

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