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Philosophy of NonviolenceRevolution, Constitutionalism, and Justice beyond the Middle East$
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Chibli Mallat

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199394203

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394203.001.0001

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The Middle East Nonviolent Revolution

The Middle East Nonviolent Revolution

A Philosophical Manifesto

(p.2) (p.3) 1 The Middle East Nonviolent Revolution
Philosophy of Nonviolence

Chibli Mallat

Oxford University Press

History is moved by a philosophy that takes violence for granted as the nexus of change. In the decrees of reality informing the “Middle East nonviolent revolution”, which operates over an immense geographical stretch and across a full generation, much like the Atlantic revolution in the late eighteenth century, a novel philosophy of history is emerging in nonviolence. Building itself up in an order of reasons, the philosophy of nonviolence belongs to a “radical idealism” adumbrated by French philosopher Martial Gueroult. It is further enriched, in this book, by the action of the millions who take nonviolently to the street, our action often preceding the truth. This theoretical introduction is a manifesto for action that sometimes serves as a philosophical modifier of truth.

Keywords:   nonviolent revolution, Atlantic revolution, radical idealism, Gueroult, order of reasons, decrees of reality, nexus, action, truth, philosophical modifier

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