Revolution within the Limits of Science Alone


That the era of revolutions is over, but less so than the age of great revolutionary narratives (or whether the inverse is the case) matters little. A revolution exists only across a narrative that is too congenital to it merely to ‘accompany’ it. This undecidable conjugation of the event and its virtually philosophical sense can, on the other hand, do nothing other than endure. Certain premature axioms, then, are invalidated: ‘Revolution is dead – long live liberalism (liberal revolution)!’; ‘Revolution is dead—long live the philosophy and history of revolution!’ We have become too profoundly Hegelian to become so once again and one more time. We are too revolutionary ‘at heart’ to still ‘have time’ for revolution. Revolution is metaphysics pursued by other means…