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The Rhetoric of Sacrifice during the French Revolution : Political Ploy or Return of the Sacred?

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  • Mon 27 Jan 2014 11.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2014-01-27 11:00 2014-01-27 13:00 Europe/Paris The Rhetoric of Sacrifice during the French Revolution : Political Ploy or Return of the Sacred?

The Age of Enlightenment has been highly suspicious of the notions of sacrifice and self-sacrifice, which were deemed to be intrinsically linked to a «religious» or «supersitious» way of thinking. A major paradox of modern Western cultural history is the strong revival of those notions at the very end of the XVIIIth century, in the wake of the French Revolution. While the French Revolution appears, on many grounds, as an ideological heir to the Enlightenment, it also provided a favourable context for reactivating and rephrasing the discourses of sacrifice and self-sacrifice as political discourses, thus creating a new link between politics and sacralisation. In many respects, we still live with this ambiguous heritage.

Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

The Age of Enlightenment has been highly suspicious of the notions of sacrifice and self-sacrifice, which were deemed to be intrinsically linked to a «religious» or «supersitious» way of thinking. A major paradox of modern Western cultural history is the strong revival of those notions at the very end of the XVIIIth century, in the wake of the French Revolution. While the French Revolution appears, on many grounds, as an ideological heir to the Enlightenment, it also provided a favourable context for reactivating and rephrasing the discourses of sacrifice and self-sacrifice as political discourses, thus creating a new link between politics and sacralisation. In many respects, we still live with this ambiguous heritage.


Location:
Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Prof. Olivier Roy (EUI-RSCAS)
Dr. Nadia Marzouki (Harvard Kennedy School)

Contact:
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Speaker:
Philippe Roger (Research Director , CNRS and Director of Studies , EHESS)

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