Reflections on Violence

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Reflections on Violence
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Author Georges Sorel
Original title Réflexions sur la violence
Country France
Language French
Publication date
1908–1912
Preceded by The Decomposition of Marxism

Reflections on Violence (Réflexions sur la violence) is a book by French revolutionary syndicalist Georges Sorel that was published in 1908.[1] Sorel argues that the success of the proletariat in class struggle depended on the creation of a catastrophic and violent revolution achieved through a general strike.[2]

One of Sorel's most controversial statements claimed that violence could save the world from barbarism.[3] He equates violence with life, creativity, and virtue.[4]

A major contention argued by Sorel in the book is on the importance of myths as "expressions of will to act".[5] He supports the creation of an economic system run by and for the interests of producers rather than consumers.[6] Sorel's philosophical influences for the material in the book derive from Giambattista Vico, Blaise Pascal, Ernest Renan, Friedrich Nietzsche, Eduard von Hartmann, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, John Henry Newman, Karl Marx, Alexis de Tocqueville and others.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marvin Perry, Matthew Berg, James Krukones. Sources of twentieth-century Europe. Houghton Mifflin, 2000. Pp. 46.
  2. ^ Jeremy Jennings, ed. "Reflections on violence" by Georges Sorel, Cambridge Texts of the History of Political Thought. Cambridge University Press, 1999. Pp. ix, xiii.
  3. ^ Jeremy Jennings, ed. "Reflections on violence" by Georges Sorel, Cambridge Texts of the History of Political Thought. Cambridge University Press, 1999. Pp. ix, xvi.
  4. ^ Jeremy Jennings, ed. "Reflections on violence" by Georges Sorel, Cambridge Texts of the History of Political Thought. Cambridge University Press, 1999. Pp. xxi.
  5. ^ Jeremy Jennings, ed. "Reflections on violence" by Georges Sorel, Cambridge Texts of the History of Political Thought. Cambridge University Press, 1999. Pp. xiii.
  6. ^ Jeremy Jennings, ed. "Reflections on violence" by Georges Sorel, Cambridge Texts of the History of Political Thought. Cambridge University Press, 1999. Pp. xiv.
  7. ^ Jeremy Jennings, ed. "Reflections on violence" by Georges Sorel, Cambridge Texts of the History of Political Thought. Cambridge University Press, 1999. Pp. x.